1:30 PM Update: Forecast looks on target for the lower-80s. The humidity will stay low and the sun will be almost totally unobstructed, save just a few high and thin fair weather clouds. Enjoy the rest of your Friday!
Heat waves in July are very common, but in July of 1995 we had a very unusual heat wave. It began on July 24th and it didn't end until August 2nd. That is a grand total of 10 days with a high temperature of at least 90 degrees, which stands as the all-time longest heat wave on record at Bradley International Airport! This summer, we've had 1 heat wave and it only lasted 3 days, from July 1st through July 3rd.
There are no signs of an impending heat wave in the near future. There are some warm, humid days in the 7 day forecast, but 90 degrees may be hard to achieve. For now, it is quite comfortable. This morning, the mercury has dipped into the 50s in many outlying areas. It's a great morning to shut off the AC and open up the windows. Any partial cloudiness will dissipate this morning and the sky will become clear.
Thanks to high pressure, today will be one of this summer's finest! We'll enjoy plenty of sunshine, seasonably warm temperatures, and low humidity. Afternoon highs will be in the low and mid 80s. Tonight will be comfortable as well with temperatures dipping into the 50s and lower 60s under mainly clear skies.
The last weekend of July will start out nice with sunny skies tomorrow morning. We'll start to notice more clouds during the afternoon. Some computer guidance models bring showers into the state by late afternoon, but other models hold the wet weather off until Saturday night. In any event, most of tomorrow will be nice for outdoor activities. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 80s as humidity levels will start to rise just a bit. Changes are on the way for the second half of the weekend. A warm front will come through with showers and maybe a few rumbles of thunder Saturday night and Sunday morning. While there is a good chance Sunday morning will be cloudy and damp, sunshine will likely return by late morning/early afternoon. It‘It'll be warm and you will really notice the humidity. A few more showers and thunderstorms could pop up during the heat of the afternoon. Temperatures will likely peak in the mid to upper 80s.
A weak storm system and a cold front will move into the warm, humid air on Monday. All of the ingredients should be in place for showers and thunderstorms to develop. There is the potential for strong thunderstorms Monday. However, the unsettled weather won't last very long. The cold front will move off to the east of Connecticut Monday night and that will set the stage for dry, comfortable weather for Tuesday, Wednesday, and most likely Thursday as well!
Enjoy the weekend!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney