Enjoy the weekend before scorcher returns

hotWe’re getting a break today from the high humidity we’ve been suffering through for days.

But it’s not going to last. In fact, next week looks like it’s going to be a scorcher with temperatures soaring into the 90s.

“The main story will be the building heat,” the National Weather Service says in its forecast discussion. “Air temps could reach the upper 90s by midweek with widespread lower to mid 90s. So potential is increasing for an extended period of heat advisory conditions … confidence in the heat is high.”

For southwest Connecticut, the first of the 90-degree days is expected on Monday; temperatures will into rise in the mid-90s midweek.

So enjoy this “cool” weather while you can.

Today, we’ll have a mostly cloudy day with temperatures around 80. And, as always, there is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. We have a nice breeze with northeast winds blowing between 10 to 14 mph.

And the weekend? Kind of a mixed bag; sometimes cloudy, sometimes sunny and a chance of showers. How’s that for hedging a forecast?

Tonight: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 66. Northeast wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 80. Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 20%.



A Weather Service crew surveyed damage in eastern Connecticut on Thursday and confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down for 11 miles in Andover, Coventry and Mansfield during Wednesday afternoon’s storms. It was the fourth tornado in Connecticut this month.

The National Weather Service says storm damage this week in Tolland was caused by a microburst, not a tornado.A microburst is a downdraft of air in a thunderstorm that can cause damage similar to what tornadoes produce. Many Tolland residents reported tree damage from the storms.

No one was injured during the tornado and microburst. The Weather Service says the greatest damage from the tornado was to a barn in Coventry that lost its roof.

Three small tornadoes hit Greenwich, Stamford, Enfield and Windsor Locks on July 1.

On Long Island Sound

Not the best beach day with mostly cloudy skies.

NE winds 5 t0 10 knots, increasing to 10 to 15 knots.

Tides: Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Low tide around 9 p.m.

Water temperature: 76.8 degrees (Bridgeport).

UV Index: 5 (moderate).

Thanks to the great people at the National Weather Service in New York City for helping us understand the weather:

Ever wonder why some storms last for only 30 minutes or so while others last for hours? There are many details that influence the lifetime of a thunderstorm, but one of the critical ones is the manner in which the winds change with height in the atmosphere.

storms life




Jim Shay