***A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect for Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties until 8:00 this evening***
Weather conditions have been quite volatile in Southern New England the last couple of days. Two large factors are the high humidity and high levels of shear in the atmosphere. We already have a confirmed EF0 tornado that occurred in Wolcott early yesterday afternoon. Another tornado struck Revere, Massachusetts this morning. Wind damage has also occurred from other forms of severe thunderstorm winds. We will have to be on the lookout for more severe weather until a cold front moves through the state this evening. Some thunderstorms could produce damaging winds, large hail, very heavy downpours, and frequent lightning. Some towns could get hit pretty hard, while many locations remain untouched.
After the cold front passes through, drier air will overspread the state tonight. It'll turn cooler as well with temperatures dipping into the 50s and lower 60s by morning. Dew point temperatures were in the 60s and lower 70s today. However, you'll be able to breathe much easier tomorrow with dew point readings dropping through the 50s, perhaps even into the 40s! High temperatures tomorrow will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s and it'll be a nice looking day too with a blend of clouds and sunshine.
A deep trough in the upper regions of the atmosphere will set up shop over the Eastern United States over the next several days. That means we can look forward more comfortable weather during the final days of July and the very beginning of August. Basically, temperatures will average a bit below normal between now and the end of the workweek with cooler nights and dry, comfortably warm days. Daytime highs will range from the upper 70s to the low and mid 80s. Nighttime lows will be in the 50s and lower 60s.
For the most part, we will enjoy fair weather tomorrow through Friday, but we can't rule out a few pop-up afternoon showers at some point over the next several days since the atmosphere aloft will be cool and just a bit unstable.
It now looks like the nice weather will carry over into the first weekend of August when the threat of showers will be minimal. However, temperatures will rise a little higher into the 80s Saturday and Sunday and humidity levels will likely inch upward as well. By early next week it should be very warm with highs in the 80s to possibly near 90 degrees by Monday afternoon.
Be safe this evening and enjoy the nice, comfortable days ahead!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest
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