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Expect a mild, wet and windy New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018

After a dry start to the day, rain will develop this the afternoon and and won’t end until ... next year.

Those celebrating New Year’s Eve outdoors in places like Times Square will get a good soaking with wind-driven rain.

Rain will be heavy at times this evening and into New Year’s Day.

Temperatures will be above normal for this time of they ear with highs in the 40s for much of the region.

That’s quite a difference from last New Year’s Eve when the low temperarture was 2 degrees in Danbury and 8 degrees along the Long Island Sound shoreline.

Temperatures are expected to continue to rise into the 50s for most of the region tonight. Rain comes to an end by Tuesday morning.

It will be partly sunny, windy and unseasonably mild on Tuesday in the wake of departing low pressure system.

According to the National Weather Service’s hourly forecast, rain is likely after 2 p.m. The heaviest rain is expected between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Our next chance of precipitation is Thursday and Friday with a chance of ... snow.

The forecast

Today:

Rain likely, mainly after 3 p.m. Increasing clouds, with a high near 45. Wind chill values between 25 and 35 early. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight: Rain, mainly before 4 a.m. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature rising to around 50 by 5 a.m. Southeast wind 8 to 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

New Year’s Day: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a temperature rising to near 54 by 8 a.m., then falling to around 44 during the remainder of the day. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

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