Weather Alerts remain in effect for the combination of heat with humidity and also for poor air quality through this evening.
Today our 3rd heat wave of the year became official just before Noon as the temperature hit 90 at Windsor Locks. With the humidity, heat index values will be between 95 and 100, if not even higher a times! Additionally, there is a chance for some isolated storms this afternoon. While one or two could pop this afternoon here across CT, a better chance for storms may come this evening shows as storms to our northwest that have developed move in our direction. Any storms that do develop could produce heavy rain, lightning and a gusty wind. As the sun sets this evening, storms will diminish.
Tomorrow, more heat/humidity and a chance for rain/storms, especially during the afternoon and early evening.
A few showers or storms now may be possible on Thursday. Friday, we still look to end the week dry.
The weekend: warm with a chance for rain/storms both days, also warm and muggy.
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT…
There's a HEAT ADVISORY in effect statewide through this evening.
An AIR QUALITY alert is also in effect for all of Connecticut until 11:00 this evening
RECAP OF YESTERDAY
Temperatures reached the low and middle 90s yesterday afternoon. In fact, Bridgeport had a record high of 93 degrees. The previous record was 90 degrees, set on August 6th in 2001 and also in previous years. The official high at Bradley International Airport was also 93 degrees, but that fell short of the record by 2 degrees. The record high for August 6th stands at 95 degrees, set in 2001 and in previous years. The heat index (what you feel) was very close to 100 degrees during the afternoon.
You're waking up to a clear sky, but boy is it warm out there! The Temperature in Bridgeport this morning is 79 degrees! You might encounter a little patchy fog out there this morning, but for the most part, we're good to go.
Today will be another hot, humid day with partly sunny skies. Temperatures are expected to reach 90-95 and the heat index will range from 95-100 since dew points will be above 70 degrees once again. Record highs are not likely. The record high for the Greater Hartford Area for August 7th is 100 degrees, set in 1918. The record high for Bridgeport is 94 degrees, set in 2001. However, the heat wave for the Greater Hartford Area will likely become official since we’ll have 3 consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher. It was 91 degrees at Bradley International Airport on Sunday, 93 degrees yesterday, and we are forecasting 94 degrees today.
A front will approach New England from the west today and it should stir up a few thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The best chance for a storm will be to the north and west of Hartford. Some storms could potentially be strong in the Northwest Hills. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the northwestern part of our state in a “marginal” area for severe weather.
Showers and thunderstorms are back in the forecast tomorrow. That's when the front will push through the state and into this moisture laden air. Some storms could produce torrential downpours and gusty winds. The humidity will remain high. The temperature could reach 90 degrees, but that will greatly depend on how much sunshine we’ll see. Should the temperature reach 90 degrees at Windsor Locks, then the heat wave will be extended to 4 days.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY…
A few showers could linger into early Thursday morning as the front drifts away to the east of Connecticut. Otherwise, we’ll be in good shape for the end of the week. Both Thursday and Friday should be partly to mostly sunny and quite warm. Highs will be in the 80s to right around 90 degrees. However, the humidity should drop to slightly more comfortable levels. We’ll probably be dealing with dew points in the 60s instead of the 70s. With temperatures hovering near 90 degrees, the heat wave could extend to a 5th and 6th day, but that is highly uncertain at this point.
THE UPCOMING WEEKEND…
A warm front and an area of low pressure will be positioned just to the south of New England on Saturday. Therefore, clouds and showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms are expected to develop. Clouds should keep temperatures in the 80s for highs and the air will be humid. The unsettled weather should shift to the east of Southern New England on Sunday. While a lingering shower can’t be ruled out especially in Eastern Connecticut, most of the day should be dry. We are forecasting partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s.
EARLY NEXT WEEK…
An approaching warm front could send a few showers our way by late Monday. Otherwise, we can expect partly sunny skies and highs 85-90.
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 storm produced a “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.
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney
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