Welcoming summer with sunshine, warm temps


We woke up to summer today. While most of us were sleeping, the sumnmer solstice arrived at 1:014 a.m. this morning.

This is the time of year when the sun is straight overhead the Tropic of Cancer (you know, the latitudinal line, north of the Equator)  and when the North Pole reaches its maximum tilt told the sun.

And what better way to welcome the start of astronomical summer with a forecast that has lots of sunshine and warm temperarutures!

We’ve got another beautiful day with temps dancing  in the 80s, sunshine and low humidity. And the weekend is looking good too!

Today is also the longest day of the year. The sun rose at 5:20 a.m. and will set at 8:29 p.m. That’s more than 15 hours of daylight.

And now the forecast …

Today will be sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

Saturday: You guessed it. Sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday night: Patchy fog after 2 a.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Into the early part of next week, temperatures will be flirting with 90 degrees. And yes, there will be some high humidity to deal with.

Pollen count: 4.4 medium

Air quality: Not so good. Expected high levels of ozone has caused the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued an Air Quality Action Day for southern New Haven and Fairfield counties from noon to 10 p.m. today.

An Ozone Action Day is a day where an exceedance of the federal 8-hour ozone standard is forecasted. On Ozone Action Days, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection asks the community to take simple, voluntary actions to help reduce ground-level ozone and in turn help prevent an exceedance of the federal standard. The biggest suggestion is less driving so there’s less pollution.

If you want more information on this subject, or for some reason, want to track the ozone levels click here.

UV Index: A 9, very high. Pass the sunscreen.

On Long Island Sound

High tide will be around 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Low tide is around 4 p.m.

Southwest winds between 5 and 10 knots, Seas 1 foot or less.

Water temperature: 62 degrees.

So get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and celebrate a great start to what hopefully be a good weather summer.



Jim Shay