It’s going to get hot next week


Summer officially begins at 1:04 a.m. Friday.

Hope you’ve got some good plans for Friday because it’s the longest day of the year.

How long? Fourteen hours, 45 minutes and 28 seconds to be exact.

summer beginsThe forecast for the next few days will make it FEEL like summer. Warm temperatures and yes, that sticky humidity we’ve come to know with New England summers.

It did get a little chilly last night. Danbury saw a low of 48 degrees, Hartford had 52 and Bridgeport was balmy at 56 degrees.

Father north in Vermont and New Hampshire temps hit the low 40s. And get this …  Saranac Lake, NY fell as low as 30 degrees! It was sweatshirt weather on the Cape and Islands with temps in the low 50s (pass the warm chow-dah).

But it looks like we won’t see those kind of low temperatures for quite a while.

The forecast is pretty much the same for days. That’s a big (and welcome) change from the monsoon-like deluges we’ve been getting this month. June rainfall totals are more than 6 inches above average.

As usual, there’s a chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms.

Today: Sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Light southwest wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Looking into next week, it looks like we’ll see temps in the upper 80s, maybe into the 90s farther inland.

buoyOn Long Island Sound

Awesome beach and boating day!

High tide around 9:15 p.m.

West winds around 5 knots, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less.

Water temperature: 62 degrees.

What’s it like in the middle of Long Island Sound? Check out the Buoy Station 44039.

UV index: A 9. Make sure you wear sunscreen!

Pollen count: 4.10 medium.

Air quality: Good.

And all of this is very good.

Jim Shay