Sunday was the hottest day in January ever
Record-breaking heat made it feel like May in the middle of January this past weekend.
In fact, a high of 69 degrees at Sikorsky Memorial Airport set an new all-time record for January, according to the National Weather Service.
“In addition to seeting a daily record, the high temperature of 69 degrees also sets a record high temperature for the month of January, breaking the previous daily record of 68 degrees set on both January 6, 2007 and January 29, 2002. This is also the earliest in the year that Bridgeport has reached a high of 69 degrees,” the National Weather Service said.
New records were also set Sunday with 70 degrees in Hartford and Windsor Locks; 69 degrees in New Haven; 68 in Meriden; 66 in Danbury, Greenwich and Stamford; and 62 in Norfolk.
While a few degrees “cooler,” new highs were also set on Saturday with 68 degrees in Hartford and Windsor Locks; 66 degrees in Danbury; ;62 in Meriden; 59 in Bridgeport; and 57 in New Haven.
Overall, January temperatures in Connecticut have averaged more than 10 degrees above normal, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center.
On Monday, mostly cloudy sky conditions are forecast with much cooler temperatures compared to this past weekend. Highs temperatures today and Tuesday will be in the lower to middle 40s. Temperatures tonight will generally be in the 30s. These temperatures remain 5-10 degrees above normal for the middle of January.
And looking a head ... there is the possibility of some snow in the forecast.
While many of us were wearing shortsleeves and shorts this past weekend, next weekend we could be shoveling snow.
In its forecast discussion, the NWS says in its forecast discussion, “a significant winter storm is in the offing for next weekend. Models track a storm from the Ohio Valley into western New York with signs ofsecondary development near Long Island.
“Model soundings show mainly snow,with some potential for a mix across the southern forecast area. So from the vantage point of early Monday morning January 13, it looks like our first significant snowfall in over a month is possible for next weekend. Much can happen in six or seven days, so stay tuned.”
Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Wind chill values between 30 and 40. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Calm wind.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of rain after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night: A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 38. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 48. West wind around 7 mph.
Wednesday Night: A chance of snow showers after midnight, mixing with rain after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 33. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Blustery.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 31.
Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.
Saturday: Rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Saturday Night: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.