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Severe thunderstorms to roll in today

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Get ready for some wild weather later today and into the next few days.

The National Weather Service says there is a good chance we could be in for a series of thunderstorms with heavy downpours, strong winds and possibly some hail.

The thunderstorms are also expected to break the back of the heat wave we’ve been experiencing since Monday.Tstorms

You can watch for any thunderstorms on this radar screen.

The next few days will not be a washout, but there will be plenty of times when showers will be present.

“Periodic showers and thunderstorms could result in localized flooding,” the NWS says in its Hazardous Weather Outlook.  “This will include the possibility of flash flooding as some thunderstorms could be slow moving and multiple thunderstorms can move across the area. There is a chance that some of the thunderstorms this afternoon could be strong to severe.”

The forecast:

By 9 a.m temperatures were in the upper 70s and low 80s in interior Connecticut.

Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Light west wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8 pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Night Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

For a more detailed forecast discussion click here.

This week is National Lightning Week. The NWS has a fun game with Leon the Lion to test your knowledge of lightning. You can play it here; it might save your life.

On Long Island Sound

Keep an eye on the sky, severe thunderstorms could cause big problems on the water and open beaches.

On the water there will be west winds, 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less. Scattered T-storms in the afternoon with visibility 1 to 2 nautical miles.

Should be a decent beach day with partly sunny skies and temps well into the 80s.

Water temperature: 73.9 degrees.

Tides: High tide will be about 2:30 p.m.; low tide will be about 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

UV index: 9, very high.

Pollen count: 3, low.

Air quality: Moderate.

High temperatures reached on Tuesday:

Hartford 92 degrees

Bridgeport 90 degrees

Danbury 89 degrees

Oxford 88 degrees

New Haven 88 degrees

The highest temperature in the nation Tuesday was 105 degrees in Mesa Vista, Texas. The low was 33 degrees at beautiful Bryce Canyon un Utah.

Rainfall: 8:87 inches for the month; normal amount is 3.14 inches.

Sunset: 8:29 p.m.

Categories: General
Jim Shay

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