Thunderstorms are expected to provide welcome relief from the heat wave that has gripped the area for a week.
Today is Day 7 of the heat wave and it’s expected to be the last.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for areas including Fairfield County to last until 9 p.m. The storms could bring wind gusts of up to 70 mph and hail along with the rain.
NWS says a cold front coming from the Midwest is expected to break the back of the heat wave that has baked the Northeast in the last week. The front is expected to trigger thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening. Some of those storms could be strong and severe.
A heat advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. because of high temperatures and humidity. “A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 100 to 104 degrees for two consecutive hours, ” the NWS said. “Take extra precaution if you work or spend time outside. Know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothes when possible and drink plenty of water.”
An air quality alert is also in effect.
Here’s the forecast:
Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Southwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. West wind 5 to 9 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.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Northeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
And next week? Temperatures in the 80s, lower humidity and a chance of thunderstorms.
On Long Island Sound
A nice sea breeze today! Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Tides: High tides was at 9:30 a.m.; the next one around 10:30 p.m.
Water temperature: 75.9 degrees.
UV Index: 8 (very high)
Highest temperature and heat index on Friday
Bridgeport and New Haven: 94 and 104
Danbury: 94 and 102
Oxford: 91 and 102
From the National Weather Service in NYC:
We’re forecasting one more day of heat on Saturday, with highs generally in the 90s across the Tri-State. By Sunday, though, we’re expecting highs to cool into the 80s! Therefore, with the countdown underway for the end of this heat wave, we figured we should provide a countdown of 7 facts about the scorcher that has been this week. Take a look!