Wow, what a day! A tornado warning was first issued for Northern Litchfield County at 4:57 yesterday afternoon and a second tornado warning didn't expire until 6pm. There has been no confirmation of a tornado touching down in Connecticut, but the same storm produced a tornado in Eastern New York. There were multiple severe thunderstorm warnings across Northern Connecticut where hail up to .75" in diameter was reported.
And guess what? There are more storms out there this morning. Lightning Tracker was very busy when I got in at 4:30 and there was a cluster of very heavy rain falling in the Southington area right around 5:00am! While nothing went severe this morning, we are a little concerned about this afternoon's forecast. More nasty weather is in the forecast, so keep your eyes to the skies and should they look threatening, head indoors and let these storms pass you by.
While summer doesn't officially arrive for another month, summer weather is already here! The temperature peaked at 91 degrees at Bradley International Airport yesterday afternoon. The last time that happened was all the way back on August 31st of last year! We came very close to having a record high. The existing record is 93 degrees and that was set on May 21st in 1996. While it was hot across much of Connecticut, Boston was considerably cooler with highs only in the mid 60s! The frontal boundary between the warm air and the cool air stretches right across Southern New England. This front is also the focal point for showers and thunderstorms.
Today will feature more of the same! We can expect another very warm, humid day with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. High temperatures will range from the 70s at the beaches to near 90 degrees over Northern Connecticut.
A cold front will approach New England from the west tomorrow. That means we'll have more showers and thunderstorm to deal with. There is the potential for more severe weather before the week is over and some parts of the state could receive a lot of rain. The front will pass through Southern New England on Friday and while weather conditions will remain unsettled, it will be turning cooler. By Friday, high temperatures will likely be held to the 70s.
The holiday weekend is still looking very nice, although showers could linger into Saturday morning, It all depends on how quickly a coastal storm will move away from Southern New England. As the storm departs a northwesterly wind will usher in cooler and drier air for the rest of the weekend. Daytime highs will be in the 60s and lower 70s and nighttime lows will be in the 40s with potentially some 30s in the normally colder locations!