Thunderstorms will end tonight and the heat wave is over!


AFTERNOON UPDATE...It’s another hot and humid day as we close out the week… 90 is possible inland, but regardless, with the humidity it will feel like the mid and upper 90s!

While there have been some isolated downpours from late morning into the early afternoon, they've subsided or moved out of the state as of 1p. A few more could develop this afternoon. The greatest threat for ‘severe’ weather is to our north and northwest… however, we can’t rule out some stronger storms across western/northwest CT (should be fairly isolated) late afternoon. In addition to heavy rain and frequent lightning, a gusty wind will also be possible in storms that develop.

Tomorrow, the threat for thunderstorms in general will be more widespread – especially in the morning (even by daybreak), into the early afternoon hours. Given the heavy rain threat, there is a heightened concern for isolated, poor drainage flooding. So far, there are no Flash Flood Watches in CT - but that could change. There is also the possibility of damaging wind and/or a brief spin up tornado. The wet/unsettled weather wraps up late Saturday afternoon…

Sunday will be dry, sunny and HOT … likely kicking off what will be another heat wave. Dry weather lasts into Monday with a threat for storms increasing by later Tuesday.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon

------------------------------------------------------ THURSDAY RECAP…It was a hot, humid day with temperatures hovering close to 90 degrees. The high at Bradley International Airport was 92 degrees. The temperature has now reached 90 degrees or higher at Bradley a total of 20 times this year! That is already above the seasonal average of 17 days. Dew point temperatures ranged from 70-75 during the afternoon and that sent the heat index rising well into the 90s across much of the state.Showers and thunderstorms moved across the state during the afternoon and they became strong to severe. A severe storm moved across Fairfield and Western New Haven County. Severe storms also moved across Northern Connecticut. Warnings were issued for Litchfield County, Northeastern Hartford County, and Northern Tolland County. There was a report of tree damage in Simsbury. There was also a report of trees and wires down in Granby and Enfield with numerous power outages.TODAY…High pressure in the Western Atlantic will continue to pump tropical air into Southern New England. Today will be partly sunny, hot and humid. Highs will be in the 80s to possibly near 90 degrees. Expect showers and/or thunderstorms this afternoon. Some storms will be capable of producing torrential rain and gusty winds.The chance for a shower or storm will linger through the night, although they will become less intense. Overnight lows will range from 70-75 and it will remain quite muggy.THE FIRST WEEKEND OF AUGUST…A trough will move into the humid air tomorrow. That means there will be a good chance for more showers and a few thunderstorms. With an abundance of cloud cover, temperatures will probably stay in the 80s for highs.High pressure will move into the Northeast on Sunday. Therefore, it’ll be a quiet day. We don’t expect any showers or storms. However, it will be hot! We are forecasting mostly sunny skies and highs 90-95. The humidity may drop off a little. Dew points could drop into the 60s, which is still humid enough.NEXT WEEK…The hot weather will continue Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The humidity will be higher again as well. All 3 days should be partly sunny with highs in the low and middle 90s away from the coast. Monday should be dry, but there will be a better chance for a shower or storm Tuesday afternoon/evening. There may be some isolated thunderstorms on Wednesday.If our current forecast holds true, we will have a heat wave that will last at least 4 days from Sunday through Wednesday!For now, Thursday is shaping up to be a nice day with partly to mostly sunny skies, lower humidity, and highs in the mid to upper 80s.JULY 2018…The month of July is almost over! 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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