The combo of heat and humidity is the big headline today. Not only do we have a Heat Advisory, but also an Air Quality Alert for the state. We’re also on track for a heat wave, it will become official tomorrow when we hit/exceed 90. Temps today reach 90-95 but factoring in the high humidity, heat index values will go as high as 95-100(+)!
While today will be dry, tomorrow (late in the day), we’ll run the risk for some isolated storms. Rain/storm chances will be great on Wednesday. We’ll likely end the week dry with temperatures still running above average.
The weekend, as of now, looks a bit unsettled with chances for rain/storms both days.
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
A HEATWAVE BEGAN YESTERDAY
With an official high of 91 at Bradley International Airport yesterday, our latest heatwave has begun. This week will bring hotter weather yet. With fairly high humidity and air temperatures in the mid-90s today, heat indices will likely range from 95 to 100. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for all of Connecticut, beginning later this morning and lasting through tomorrow evening.
Heat Advisory Today and Tomorrow
Today and tomorrow may get unbearable for some, thanks to high heat and humidity. We are forecasting temperatures to exceed 90 degrees both days. The humidity will be higher as well, with dew point temperatures reaching/exceeding the 70 degree mark again. The result will be heat indices at 95-100, which is why the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this time frame.
Today may also bring record-breaking heat. The record for Monday, August 6th, is 95 degrees, set in 2001 – which is easily attainable.
Thunderstorms Tomorrow night and Wednesday
While most of tomorrow looks dry, there may be a few thunderstorms after dark and Wednesday as an approaching cold front could trigger a few showers and storms. The air will otherwise be muggy, with lows near 70 and highs Wednesday in the low 90s.
There may be a period of rain and thunderstorms Thursday. A fast-moving low pressure system will move into the region from the central Appalachians. It will come with ample moisture and energy. We could see about an eight hour period of unsettled weather, with downpours and lightning being the primary hazards. Thursday will otherwise be warm and soupy with highs in the 80s.
We will have sunshine, slightly lower humidity, and comfortable temperatures Friday. A quick-moving high pressure cell will dominate.
A system will move into New England from the Mid-Atlantic and bring a channel of moisture into New England that will produce showers and thunderstorms. The air will be warm and humid with highs in the 80s, helping to support rain development. High pressure may shift the channel west Sunday, but there will still be a small chance for rain, especially in Western Connecticut. Sunday should be the brighter and warmer day of the weekend, with highs close to 90.
CONFIRMED TORNADO IN WOODSTOCK SATURDAY
Saturday morning began with stormy weather that included the fifth confirmed, EF-rated tornado in Connecticut for the year. The National Weather Service has reported that it was a weak and small tornado, with a width of eight yards and a path length of only one block with maximum wind of 80 MPH. It did damage to a few cornfields and an oak tree before lifting back into the sky. The same circulation produced the “high end EF-1 tornado” that caused considerable damage to downtown Webster, Massachusetts.
The month of July is over and there were impressive statistics! The average temperature at Bradley International Airport will come in at or close to 76.1 degrees, which is 2.5 degrees warmer than normal. That means this July will be the 8th warmest on record for the Greater Hartford Area, and records date back to 1905. That is quite impressive! We had 11 days that were 90 degrees or higher. The hottest day was July 1st when the high temperature was 98 degrees at Bradley. Temperatures were in the 90s the first 5 days of July, concluding a heat wave (which began in late June) that lasted a total of 7 days.
The first half of July was dry, but the second half was quite wet. Total rainfall for the month was 6.39”, which is 2.21” above normal.
Meteorologist Mike Cameron with Scot Haney
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