Good Wednesday Evening!
***A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect for Litchfield County until 10:00 pm***
It was another day of 90 degree heat at Bradley International! The official high this afternoon was at least 92 degrees. The high yesterday was 91 degrees. However, an end to the hot weather is knocking on our doorstep in the form of a cold front. The cold front will move through the state this evening and that means tomorrow will be noticeably cooler. Therefore, no heat wave this time around! In order to have an official heat wave in Connecticut, we need to have at least 3 consecutive days of 90 degree heat.
The cold front will come through with showers and thunderstorms this evening. Some storms could pack a good punch with damaging winds, heavy downpours, and dangerous cloud to ground lightning. To be safe, when you hear thunder go indoors immediately. For Connecticut, severe weather will be more the exception than the rule. However, some Connecticut towns could get hit pretty hard, especially in northern and western portions of the state.
Showers will linger into tomorrow morning, but weather conditions will improve throughout the day as the cold front continues to move east and off the coast of New England. Brighter skies will take over tomorrow afternoon and the humidity will drop off nicely. Today was oppressively humid with dew point temperatures in the lower 70s. However, dew point readings will likely drop through the 60s and into the 50s tomorrow. Plus, afternoon highs will range from the upper 70s to the lower 80s. We can also look forward to much better sleeping weather tomorrow night. Temperatures will likely dip into the 50s in many parts of the state by late Thursday night.
Thanks to high pressure, Friday will be a gorgeous day! The combination of sunshine, warm temperatures, and low humidity will make for a very pleasant day outdoors! Afternoon highs will range from 80 to 85 degrees. Friday night will also be quite comfortable with temperatures dipping into the 50s and lower 60s under mainly clear skies.
The last weekend of July will start out nice. Saturday will feature sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures. Highs will be in the mid to possibly upper 80s and the humidity will inch up just a bit. However, it'll still be a very pleasant day overall. Sunday won't be quite as nice. Higher humidity will return to Southern New England and temperatures will rise into the 80s to possibly near 90 degrees if we see enough sunshine. There will also be a chance for showers and thunderstorms. The first round of showers could pass through Connecticut during the morning then scattered thunderstorms are quite possible during the afternoon and evening.
Next week will start out unsettled as a cold front pushes into the warm, moisture laden air. Showers and thunderstorms are likely Monday and Monday night. However, the front should shift offshore to the east of New England by Tuesday. That means we can expect a return to drier, somewhat cooler weather for Tuesday and Wednesday. Thus, we continue to dodge prolonged spells of heat and humidity this summer!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest
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