With temps 5 degrees above normal, now some cool weather

August 20, 2018

With August temperatures averaging several degrees above normal, we have a welcome relief of some cool weather.

According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, Danbury’s average temperature, so far this month, has been 4.9 degrees above average. Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford has an average temperature of 79.1 degrees, 5 above normal.

It’s the same pattern at White Plains Airport, near Greenwich, and Tweed-New Haven Airport where this month’s temperatures are in 5-degrees above normal range.

“High pressure based in the Canadian Maritimes with its northeast low will continue to provide cooler and less humid conditions through tonight, the National Weather Service says. “There could be some light rain or drizzle at times later today and this evening, mainly along the coast. Highs today are expected to be in the upper 70s to near 80 for most locations.

“The air mass changes more Tuesday and Wednesday when high pressure retreats farther away with more humid conditions developing and low pressure moves from the Great Lakes into southeast Canada.”

The NWS says temperatures will remain rather cool Tuesday with highs mainly in the upper 70s.

Chances for showers increasesTuesday night and into Wednesday.

With the air getting warmer Wednesday, forecast highs reach the low to mid 80s behind a warm front, thunderstorms will be possible as well.

By this point, a cold front will be approaching from the west.

On Thursday and Friday nights, temperatures in inland areas like Danbury are expected to fall into the mid-50s, about 12 degrees cooler than last night.

And while, it’s still early to forecast with more precision, we may get our the first dry and sunny weekend in a about a month.

On Monday, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network released rainfall totals from last week (Aug. 13-19). Monroe led the state with 7.1 inches.

Other weekly rainfall totals include 3.90 inches in Westbrook, 3.42 inches in Brookfield and Bethel, 2.92 inches in Newtown, 2.68 inches in Shelton, 2.61 inches in Ridgefield, 2.44 inches in Seymour, 2.31 inches in West Haven, 2.29 in Newtown, and 1.95 inches in Stratford.

The forecast

Today: A slight chance of drizzle or light rain after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tuesday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 68. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

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

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

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