Another sultry summer day with an increasing chance of heavy downpours today from afternoon thunderstorms.
“A slowly moving frontal system will bring scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms to the region today and tonight,” the National Weather Service says. “A threat for flash flooding exists with any training thunder storm activity during this time.”
You can track the storms by checking out the radar.
A cold front will approach the area Wednesday into Thursday, bringing more unsettled weather. The front will then move east of the area for the weekend, ushering in high pressure and drier conditions. But until then, we will have to deal with more showers and thunderstorms!
The NWS likes to use that word “training.” What they’re saying is that some of these cells containing thunderstorms are slow moving weather systems. As they hover around an area, the thunderstorms can drop as much as 2 inches an hour. Several of these soaking downpours happened in Connecticut on Tuesday. One cell, centered around the Oxford-Southbury-Newtown area, soaked the area between 3 and 4 p.m. The powerful cell led to a severe thunderstorm warning.
The National Weather Service has a nice page describing the types of thunderstorms and how they form. You can find it here.
Here’s the forecast:
Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Increasing clouds, with a high near 83. Light south wind becoming southwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 71. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. 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. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
On Long Island Sound
Should be a decent beach day, as long as the showers hold off. It was foggy early this morning, but by 8 a.m. it was mostly sunny.
South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less.
Tides: About 1:30 p.m. it will be high tide. Low tides are around 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p..m.
Water temperature: 75.9 degrees.
UV Index: 9 (very high).
Sunrise: 5:20 a.m.
Sunset: 8:26 p.m.
Highest temperatures on Tuesday:
Danbury and New Haven: 86
Bridgeport and Hartford: 83
Bradley International in Windsor Locks: 83
Pollen count: 2.8 (low-medium)