LATE EVENING UPDATE...
The threat for severe weather has diminished and the heaviest of the rain has moved out of the state. The rain that is currently ongoing is winding down as it shifts to the east. Temperatures as of 11pm ranged from the low to mid-70s, and they shouldn't move much overnight.
Tomorrow, expect isolated showers, at times tropical downpours with just a slight chance for a rumble of thunder. It will be very humid, but temperatures won't hit 90. Instead, highs will be in the lower 80s... but if we see more sunshine, they could top out in the mid-80s.
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
Prior to the rain and storms that moved through the state, temperatures peaked in the low to mid-90s in many spots (thanks to the breaks in the cloud cover, allowing the sun to do its thing). Officially at Bradley Int’l Airport, the high was 96, just 1 degree off the record of 97 from 1999!
Strong thunderstorms produced damaging wind in some communities, that was the case in Oxford. But also produced torrential rain, on the order to 2 to 3” in northern Tolland County where a Flash Flood Warning was posted. Some towns reported minor power outages.
As of now, July ’19 is on track to be one of the hottest on record!
THIS EVENING & TONIGHT…
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible through the evening hours. In fact, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect, statewide, until 10pm. Additionally, a Flash Flood Watch is in place for all of CT through the early overnight hours.
Temperatures will only bottom out in the 70s overnight. It will be quite warm, and also muggy… past midnight, there will likely be a lull, with the exception of an isolated shower or some patchy fog.
THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAIN…
You’ll want to keep the umbrella handy tomorrow as the potential exists for more rain. While it won’t rain all day, there will be scattered downpours and perhaps some rumbles of thunder. Due to the clouds and wet weather, temperatures will be held into the upper 70s and lower 80s for highs. If, however, we’re able to see more sunshine (like we did today), temperatures could go much higher.
OUR NEXT (3RD) AND MOST EXTREME HEAT WAVE OF ’19…
We’ll end the week with a surge of heat and humidity. After morning fog burns off Friday, a partly to mostly sunny sky will help to boost temperatures into the 90s. While most of the state will be dry, we can’t rule out an isolated late day storm. Saturday looks to be even hotter (perhaps close to 100 away from Long Island Sound). If 100 is achieved at Bradley Int’l Airport, the record for July 20th will be tied (it’s from 1991). Sunday will again be hot, with highs in the mid to upper 90s. Over the 3-day period, the heat combined with high humidity will lead to dangerous conditions as heat index values could go as high as 110 degrees! At area beaches, expect highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s! While most of the weekend will be dry, there is just a slight chance for an isolated shower/storm late Saturday and at night, then again late Sunday.
The brutal heat and humidity will last into Monday, then end with the passage of a cold front that will likely produce scattered thunderstorms.
Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, as of now, look to be dry and seasonably warm with lower humidity!
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
2019 HEAT WAVES…
The 1st: July 3-6 (93, 94, 92, 96). The 2nd: July 9-14 (90, 92, 90, 91, 91, 93). Remember, we need 3 consecutive days 90 or higher to classify as a heat wave. We’ve now had a grand total of 14 days this year with a high temperature of at least 90 degrees at Bradlely Int’l Airport, where the official records are kept.
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