THE FIRST WEEKEND OF AUTUMN

Fall began last night

Last night at 9:54, the equinox will mark the moment when the season in the northern hemisphere transitions to fall and when the minutes and hours of daylit time will be lower in number than those occurring in darkness.

Refreshing today

Today will be cool and bright.  A large high pressure system will build into New England on Sunday with its cool, dry air.  We expect a refreshing day with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower 70s. 

Sunday night will be quite cool with temperatures dipping into the 40s in many outlying areas over interior portions of the state.  High pressure with its still, dry air, will be in control and responsible for the need to put that extra blanket by your night stand.

NEXT WEEK

Cool and dry Monday

Monday is shaping up to be a crisp autumn day with a large high pressure system drifting across New England and eastern Canada.  Highs will only be in the 60s.  The sky will be mostly sunny, but some ocean clouds may spread over the state late Monday or Monday night as the wind flow becomes easterly.

Wet & cool Tuesday

By Tuesday, high pressure will move into the Canadian Maritimes and this will allow a warm front to move northward toward New England.  The result will be cloudy skies and occasional light rain.  It’ll be a breezy, cool day with highs in the 60s to possibly near 70 degrees.

Warm & unsettled Wednesday

By Wednesday, we in Connecticut will be feeling warmer air again, as a warm front lifts north of the state and Connecticut will then be in the warm air sector.  Temperatures should reach at least 80 degrees and the air will be quite humid.  An approaching cold front will stir up a few showers and thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon and evening.

Remaining unsettled Thursday & Friday

You should expect more clouds along with showers and possibly a thunderstorm Wednesday night and Thursday.  The cold front that will have approached Wednesday will slow down, resulting in this protracted period of unsettled weather.  We are forecasting highs in the upper 70s on Thursday, but that all depends on the position and the alignment of the front.   The unsettled weather may linger into Friday as well with more rain or showers expected.  We are forecasting highs in the 70s then, too.

Dry & cool Saturday

A refreshing northwesterly breeze will usher partly sunny, seasonably cool weather to the state Friday.  High pressure will nose itself into the state during the day, pushing out the pesky frontal boundary that will have been lingering for several days.

Meteorologist Mike Cameron

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