Thunderstorms will end tonight and the heat wave is over!


THE 3RD HEAT WAVE OF 2018 CONTINUES… The temperature reached 91 degrees at Bradley International Airport yesterday afternoon. Therefore, the heat wave is now in day 4! It began on Sunday when the temperature reached 91 degrees. The high on Monday was 93 degrees. The heat wave became official Tuesday when the temperature reached 93 degrees. The high temperature in Bridgeport today was 87 degrees. Despite the heat, records were not challenged. The record high for August 8th for the Greater Hartford Area stands at 98 degrees, set 2001. The record high for Bridgeport stands at 95 degrees, set in 2007. Yesterday marks our 24th day this year with a high temperature of a least 90 degrees at Bradley International.With dew points in the low and middle 70s, the heat index peaked in the mid and upper 90s yesterday afternoon. There is no HEAT ADVISORY in effect today. THIS MORNING…A front moved into this tropical air mass we've been experiencing overnight. At the same time, some energy aloft approached New England from the west. Therefore, showers and thunderstorms are currently moving across portions of the state at this time. Some storms are producing torrential downpours. There is even a chance for some lightning and thunder this morning. Temperatures are once again in the upper 60s and lower to mid 70s. The air is quite humid as well.TODAY AND TOMORROW…The front will slowly move across Southern New England today. A light northwesterly flow will usher in slightly drier air, especially by this afternoon. Therefore, dew points are expected to drop into the 60s. Still, it is going to be another hot day with highs in the 80s to near 90 degrees. While a shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out, most of the state will remain dry.Tonight, the sky will be partly cloudy to clear as temperatures dip into the 60s in many outlying areas. The northwesterly flow will keep us dry tomorrow, although winds will become variable in direction during the afternoon. We can expect partly to mostly sunny skies, moderate humidity, and highs 85-90. With temperatures hovering near 90 degrees both today and tomorrow, the heat wave could extend to a 5th and 6th day, but that is highly uncertain at this point.THE WEEKEND…

Over the weekend, high pressure will be centered over New England, but a front will be positioned just to our south. Connecticut will be stuck between these 2 systems. Since the front won’t be too far away, clouds and showers remain in the forecast for Saturday. Abundant cloud cover and an easterly flow should limit afternoon highs to the lower 80s. A few showers are also possible on Sunday since the 2 major weather players won’t move very much. Highs Sunday should be in the low and middle 80s. Despite the threat of showers this weekend, a washout is not likely.NEXT WEEK…For now, it looks like Monday will be dry and warm with partly sunny skies and highs in the 80s. An approaching warm front and low pressure system will send showers our way Monday night and Tuesday. A few thunderstorms are possible as well. The air will turn noticeably more humid Tuesday with dew point temperatures likely topping 70 degrees once again. Despite a lot of clouds, we are forecasting highs in the middle 80s.Wednesday should be partly sunny and very warm with highs 85-90. The humidity may drop slightly if we can get into a northwesterly flow. A shower or thunderstorm is possible.Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot HaneyCONFIRMED TORNADO IN WOODSTOCK SATURDAY…Saturday morning began with stormy weather that included the fifth confirmed, EF- rated tornado in Connecticut for the year. The National Weather Service has reported that it was a weak and small tornado, with a width of eight yards and a path length of only one block with maximum wind of 80 MPH. It did damage to a few cornfields and an oak tree before lifting back into the sky. The same storm produced a “high end EF-1 tornado” that caused considerable damage to downtown Webster, Massachusetts.JULY 2018…The month of July is over and there were impressive statistics! 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.

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