Finally, less humidity and no rain; evening temps in 50s

August 23, 2018

We have a big - and pleasant - change in the weather.

The National Weather Service says a weak secondary cold front moved through the region early this morning with some light showers.

That set the stage for dry and less humid weather. Highs Thursday will range from the mid 70s across southwestern Connecticut, to the upper 70s to around 80 along the coast.

Tonight, you may need another blanket on the bed because it will be refreshingly cool.

The NWS is forecasting a low of 53 degrees in Danbury; New Milford, Oxford and Torrington, 55; New Haven, 59; Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport, 61 degrees.

Those evening temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler than last night.

Warming takes place Friday under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will modify, reaching highs in the lower to mid 80s, with comfortable humidity levels.

And, for the first time in a month, we will have have a sunny weekend with no rain in the forecast.

Yes, it’s been a very rainy summer.

According to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, average rainfall from the first day of summer to Aug. 19 is about 8 inches.

CoCoRaHS volunteer observers recorded rainfall in Newtown, 20. 4 inches; Woodbury, 19.40 inches; Ridgefield, 17.99 inches; Brookfield, 16.77 inches; Killingworth, 16.66 inches; Shelton, 15.78 inches; Madison, 15.40 inches; Seymour, 14.11 inches; Norwalk, 13.87 inches; Naugatuck, 13.63 inches; Darien, 13.20 inches; Westport, 12.22 inches and Milford, 10.76 inches.

In its forecast discussion, the NWS says, “surface high pressure remains over the area this weekend as a deep layer ridge slowly shifts off shore. Conditions will remain dry, with seasonable temperatures and low humidity on Saturday. A pattern change takes place late this weekend. An approaching upper trough will slowly move through late this weekend. Humidity will increase Sunday in a southwest flow, while high temperatures increase a few degrees.”

Beginning Monday, we’ll be back with temperatures near 90, high humidity and a chance of PM thunderstorms.

So far, it’s been a quiet hurricane season for the Atlantic basin this summer. Although The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical wave emerging off the west coast of Africa for possible development.

Stay tuned.

The forecast

Today: Scattered showers or sprinkles before 9 a.m. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind 3 to 6 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

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