Heat wave could continue into tomorrow; Rain possible for Sunday


The heat wave continued for the fourth day in a row on Friday, but an end may be in sight thanks to possible weekend storms.

Temperatures reached 90 degrees at Bradley International Airport around 3:30 p.m.

The nice weather will continue tonight, according to Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest.

"If you have Friday evening plans, there is good news. It should be partly to mostly clear throughout the night with no showers or thunderstorms anywhere nearby. While it will still be quite mild tonight, at least it will not be as oppressive as the past couple of nights," DePrest said.

Temperatures will drop into the middle and upper 60's, with the shoreline expected to drop to the lower 70's.

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There could be a fifth day of the heat wave on Saturday, however.

"It’ll be a close call with temperatures hovering close to 90 degrees during the afternoon. However, it will be a pleasant day with partly to mostly sunny skies to start, but there will be a few more clouds by the afternoon," DePrest said.

A heat wave is three consecutive days with a high temperature of at least 90 degrees.

The risk of showers for Saturday will be low as well as the chance for record-breaking heat.

The record for the Greater Hartford area is 103 degrees in 2011. This was the first time for that record to break in the area since 1905!

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But Sunday will be a different story.

"Relief from the heat will finally arrive by the time we get to Sunday! A wave of low pressure will develop along a stalled-out front to our south and bring us the chance of showers during the morning. The wave will move eastward by Sunday afternoon, bringing an end to the rain and allowing skies to clear," DePrest said.

This will bring cooler temperatures, with highs only reaching the lower and middle 80's.

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A washout is not expected for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, however, rain is expected for all three days.

"Another low pressure system will approach us for Monday, bringing the chance for more showers and thunderstorms. There is some uncertainty with the forecast, as it will depend on if the system’s warm front gets through Connecticut," DePrest said.

Temperatures be in the 80's, but even as low as the 70's if the front stalls out to our south.

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