Fairfield forecast: Nice today, stormy outlook
A day after an earthquake startled southwestern Connecticut, the National Weather service has posted "hazardous weather" outlooks for two storm systems over the next two days -- including a possible swipe from Hurricane Irene.
Today, meanwhile, promises to be sunny with a daytime high temperature of about 80 degrees, the NWS says. There will be a southwest wind between 6 and 16 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
Tomorrow, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 3 p.m., the NWS predicts, as the first of the two systems moves into the region ahead of a cold front. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a high temperature near 81. The threat of precipitation remains through tomorrow night as the overnight low temperature registers in the upper-60s.
The unsettled weather clears out Friday, according to the NWS, and skies should be mostly sunny, with a high near 78 degrees. By nighttime, however, there is a chance of late showers and thunderstorms.
Saturday, there is a continued possibility of showers and thunderstorms. The day will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 76 degrees. Saturday night, more precipitation -- heavy rainfall is possible -- is in the forecast. The low temperature should be about 70 degrees.
These storms are what could be the leading edge of Hurricane Irene, the NWS forecasts, which now says that although the storm's track remains uncertain, the storm sweep into the region on Sunday and Monday, with heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding all possible.