This is a severe weather watch as described by Meteorologist Mike Cameron and Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest on www.wfsb.com.
Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening; the Storm Prediction Center has included much of Connecticut in a “slight risk” for severe thunderstorms. These storms could produce damaging wind and hail in addition to frequent cloud-to-ground lightning.
Storms that have already fired in Litchfield County have brought trees down onto power lines. These storms are also be capable of producing blinding downpours, since the atmosphere is overloaded with moisture.
The cold front will move off to the south and east of New England Saturday night and Sunday. That means the air will turn drier and a little cooler. Sunday will be seasonably warm for a change with highs in the mid to upper 80s. While that is not exactly refreshing, it will feel much better outside. Sunday will feature a mix of clouds and sunshine with a chance for a stray shower or two.
The 5th heat wave of the year is not in sight, at least for now. Daytime highs will be in the 80s most if not all of next week. There will be a frontal boundary lurking off the coast of New England and it could come close enough from time to time to bring showers to Connecticut. In fact, we could get a pretty good soaking Monday night or Tuesday as a wave of low pressure forms on the front. Lawns and gardens across the state could probably use a good soaking right about now since they have endured a full week of high heat.
Here is an update on this hot July…through today, July 19th, the average temperature for this month is 80.7 degrees at Bradley International. If this month ended today, it would be by far the hottest July on record! The existing record average temperature is 77.1 degrees, which was set in July 2010 and July 1994. If July ended today it would also be the all-time hottest month on record….not just for July, but for any summer month!
We’ve now had 18 days (not including today) this year with a high temperature of at least 90 degrees at Bradley International. By the time this heat wave is over that number will likely climb to 19 days. The all-time record for a given year is 38 days of 90+ degree heat and that was set in 1983. We still have a long way to go before this summer is over, but that will be a tough record to beat!
Keep your eye to the sky and tune into www.wfsb.com.