New heat records set; cooler temps for the weekend
Updated 2:17 pm, Friday, May 19, 2017
High temperature records melted away Thursday when the thermometer rose well into the 90s on Thursday.
Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford had a high of 93 degrees, smashing the previous record set in 1998 by nine degrees.
Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks had a blistering peak heat of 96 degrees, six degrees higher than the old record.
The hottest day of the year so far, had peak temperatures of 95 degrees in Stamford (a new record), 94 degrees at White Plains, N.Y, airport, near Greenwich; 91 degrees at Waterbury/Oxford Airport; and 91 degrees (another new record) at Danbury Municipal Airport.
There’s a good chance of breaking temperature records on Friday. The 1998 record now stands at 86 degrees for Sikorsky
Get used to the heat because the Climate Prediction Center says Connecticut has one of the best chances in the United States to see above normal temperatures for this summer.
Thursday’s record-breaking temperatures will be followed by cooler temperatures this weekend.
But before that we have one more day of well-above average temperatures. The high for inland areas like Danbury will be 86 degrees - well above the normal temperature of 68 degrees.
The National Weather Service says “we have one more day of well above normal temperatures today before a return to seasonable levels this weekend. A cold front will move through the Tri State area this afternoon, and this may trigger a shower or thunderstorm in a few spots. High temperatures will average around 20 degrees above normal, and few records might be tied or broken. High pressure builds in from Canada behind the departing coldfront tonight and settles over the region this weekend. This will bring drier and cooler conditions through the period, and high temperatures will end.”
Here’s the forecast:
Today: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northeast.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
Sunday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 3 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.