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More 90° heat, a storm threat and Chris passing offshore...

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

NOON UPDATE:

Well we're not quite there yet, but not to worry.  For all of you 90 degree heat lovers, that number is expected this afternoon at Bradley, making it the second day in a row where the temperature got to at least 90 degrees at the airport.  It's a bit more humid today, but at least the dew points aren't in the 70s, like they were last week.  We're expecting some shower activity this evening, possibly even a thunderstorm. Read on for more details...

TODAY, 7/10/18…

The high pressure system that's kept us dry and clear as of late is moving offshore today, allowing a cold front to approach from the northwest.  During the afternoon, storms should fire up in advance of this front across NY and PA.  They should be isolated in nature and should weaken as they head toward and into CT later on this afternoon/evening.  The best chance of seeing a storm will be across the northern portions of the state. 

Temperatures will be as hot as yesterday, if not a degree or two hotter.  Additionally, the humidity is creeping up thanks to the southwesterly flow in advance of the approaching front. 

THE REST OF THE WEEK…

In the wake of the front today, most of tomorrow looks to be dry and cooler with highs between 80 and 85.  There is just the slightest chance for a shower, thanks to lingering instability combined with the daytime heating.

High pressure builds in for the remainder of the week, translating to abundant sunshine.  Thursday will be seasonably warm and then Friday, highs go above average, topping out in the upper 80s to near 90 inland.  Humidity levels will remain relatively low.

Meanwhile, Chris (now a tropical storm and forecast to soon become a hurricane) is stationary off the coast of the Carolinas.  It is forecast to move northeasterly, passing well offshore from Southern New England tomorrow into Thursday.  The impact will only be in the form of larger surf/swells and rip currents, along the Atlantic facing coastline.

THE WEEKEND, EARLY NEXT WEEK…

As of now, Saturday looks to be dry and hot.  The humidity also looks to be on the increase.  Then Sunday, there will be a chance for scattered showers and storms (but does not appear to be a washout).  The threat for rain and storms continues into Monday of next week.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon with Scot Haney

2018 HEAT WAVE RECAP…

The first heat wave of 2018 lasted 7 days.  Here’s the breakdown by day, with high temperature: 

Friday June 29, 90°; Saturday June 30, 93°; Sunday July 1, 98°; Monday July 2, 95°; Tuesday July 3, 95°; Wednesday July 4, 94°; Thursday July 5, 92°.

NOTABLE HEAT WAVES…

The longest heat waves on record in Connecticut lasted a total of 10 days.  There was a 10-day heat wave in the summer of 1995 from July 24th through August 2nd.  There was another 10-day heat wave in the summer of 2016 that lasted from July 21st through July 30th.

The most intense heat wave was in July of 1991 when we had 3 consecutive days of 100-degree heat!  It was 100° on the 19th, 100° on the 20th, and 101° on the 21st!

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