Good Thursday Evening!
There was a hint of September in the air today! High temperatures were only in the mid to upper 70s. The normal high for August 14th is 83 degrees. The official high at Bradley International Airport was 77 degrees, which is the normal high for September 9th. It was a refreshing day and a nice looking day too with a blend of sunshine and puffy fair weather clouds.
We are now 2 weeks into the month of August and so far it has been cool and wet. Through today, August 14th, the average temperature at Bradley International is 71.3 degrees, which is 1.9 degrees cooler than normal. The warmest day was August 5th when the high temperature was 89 degrees. We have now gone 22 consecutive days without reaching 90 degrees! The last time that happened was all the way back on July 23rd when the high temperature was 93 degrees.
Meanwhile, we now have a rainfall surplus thanks to yesterday's deluge. Rainfall, month-to-date, is now up to 3.26", which is 1.27" above normal. However, some Connecticut towns received well over 4" of rain yesterday alone!
Our preview of September will last a while longer. The mercury will dip into the 50s tonight with some upper 40s possible in the normally cooler locations. A weak disturbance will rotate through Southern New England this evening and tonight with a few scattered showers, but they should be fairly light since there is very little moisture in the air. Any showers that do reach Connecticut will be long gone by morning.
Tomorrow will be a lot like today, dry and comfortable. We'll have a blend of clouds and sunshine, very low humidity, and highs in the mid to upper 70s. Weather conditions will be ideal for any outdoor activities! Temperatures will then dip into the 40s and 50s tomorrow night under a mainly clear skies.
The weekend will start out nice. Saturday will be partly to mostly sunny and after a cool start, temperatures should reach the lower 80s during the afternoon. A light southwesterly breeze will develop during the afternoon and humidity levels will rise a little. However, it will still be a comfortable day by August standards. A cold front will slide southward across New York State and New England Saturday night and Sunday morning. That means showers and thunderstorms are back in the forecast. However, Sunday will be by no means a washout. We'll see some sunshine between the showers and temperatures should reach 80 to 85 degrees. Plus, humidity levels will be noticeably higher.
While we have a pretty good handle on the forecast through Sunday, the forecast for next week is iffy. Monday should be dry and seasonably warm, but Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the days in question. That's when a low pressure system will move off the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Some computer guidance models bring showers northward into Connecticut while others keep the wet weather off to our south. For now, I have showers in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, but that could change. In any event, there is no 90 degree heat in the 7 day forecast, which means we could go a month or even longer without hitting 90 degrees!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest
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