THE LAST WEEKEND OF SUMMER
High pressure will remain the dominant weather feature throughout the weekend, and that means our weather will remain dry and warm! It is going to be a nice weekend for all outdoor activities. Among the big events occurring this weekend are: Bristol Mum Festival, the Guilford Fair, the Orange Country Fair, and the Annual Garlic Festival in Mystic. Plus, the Big E is in full swing until September 29th!
Cool and dry tonight
Tonight will be clear and pleasant. With dry air firmly established, coupled with clear skies and light wind, temperatures will cool quickly. Lows will mostly be in the 50s; however, a few upper-40s may once again occur in some of the cooler spots. Patchy fog will likely form after midnight, especially in southeastern Connecticut, where the models have been consistent in depicting a moisture-rich layer of near-saturated air under an inversion.
Sunday will be another stunner. You should expect partly to mostly sunny and unseasonably warm with highs in the middle and upper 80s. After a calm morning, a south to southwesterly breeze will pick up during the afternoon as high pressure shifts to the south and east of New England. The air will turn a little more humid.
THE FIRST WEEK OF FALL
Fall Equinox Monday
The autumn season will officially begin early Monday morning at 3:50 am, when the autumnal equinox will occur. In contradiction to this event, the weather won’t feel much like fall Monday with morning lows in the 60s, and afternoon highs the 80s. There will likely be a strong south to southwesterly breeze and the air will be more humid with dew points in the 60s. Most of the day will be partly sunny, but an approaching cold front will stir up a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two by late afternoon or early evening. Showers will linger into Monday night, but they will end before dawn.
Cooler Tuesday and Wednesday
High pressure will return for Tuesday and Wednesday and that means we’ll enjoy a couple of very nice days. Tuesday will be mostly sunny and cooler with highs in the 70s. The air will be dry. Tuesday night will be clear and cool with lows near 50. Wednesday will be mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the low to middle 70s.
Warmer weather will come Thursday. A cold front is expected to move into southern New England during the afternoon. In advance of the front, there will be a southwesterly flow of warmer highs. Highs will be in the 70s to near 80 degrees. Overall, we can expect a partly sunny day, but a passing shower can’t be ruled out as the frontal boundary moves through the region during the afternoon.
Another area of high pressure will move into the Northeast on Friday. The sky will be mostly sunny, and the air will be dry and mild. Highs will be in the 70s.
Tropical Storm Jerry will either remain a strong tropical storm or strengthen back to hurricane strength and pass over the open waters south or Bermuda. Jerry will not make landfall until perhaps next week, when the center should track near or over Bermuda Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
Meteorologist Mike Cameron
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