Finally, partly sunny; better Sunday

What’s with the rain and clouds today?

The National Weather Service – that forecast Friday that there was only a 30 percent chance of showers today –  bumped up the chance to 50 percent. And yes, they said, there will be breaks of sunshine.

It did, however, take some time before the sunshine finally broke through the clouds; about 2:30 p.m. in southwestern Connecticut to be exact.

Forecasters blamed the showers on a cold front coming in from the west. For a more detailed weather forecast discussion click here. They’re already talking about a “late week storm may bring more widespread rain.”

Here is the current forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. West wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph.

On Long Island Sound

Today: SW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming W 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt this afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Scattered showers with isolated tstms.

Water temperature: 73 degrees.

Tides: High: 9:40 a.m. and around 10 p.m. Low, around 4 p.m.

UV index:  An optimistic 6 (high)

Air quality: Good.

Jim Shay