Good Saturday evening!
Wow…today was pretty brutal. The cold, the wind and rain surely made being outside a truly uncomfortable affair. The blessing in having this weather around, of course, is receiving the rain we've so desperately needed and, also fortunately, the weather will improve markedly by Memorial Day.
Tonight will still be windy, cold and occasionally wet with passing showers still likely. Lows will reach down into the lower-40s and upper-30s. In the highest elevations of the Litchfield Hills, a few wet snow flakes may still mix in with rain.
Tomorrow will be a transition day. Cloudy with light showers or sprinkles in the morning and early afternoon, the showers will depart by mid-afternoon and the sky will start to clear by dinner time. With enough weakening of the cloud deck and late sun, high temperatures could reach into the lower and middle 60s late tomorrow – a far cry from today's upper-40s and low-50s!
After a cold beginning, Memorial Day should be outstanding! High pressure will "come to our rescue," setting the atmosphere up to make plenty of sunshine, lighter wind and milder temperatures. By day's end, most towns should see readings go into the low-70s, which is perfect for parades, ceremonies, barbeques and honoring all of our Armed Service Members, past and present.
After another comfortably dry, sunny and mild afternoon Tuesday, a warming trend will start Wednesday with the passage of a warm front. The models are showing a fairly robust 6-8 hours-worth of showers and thunderstorms during the daylight hours Wednesday will be the preamble to hot, sultry air scheduled to arrive starting Thursday. Under the clouds and showers we expect Wednesday, highs will be in the 70s as the humidity increases. Once the front passes and the sunshine returns, summer-like weather will return to Connecticut. By day, highs will be in the 80s to near 90 and lows will be in the 60s.
The forecast from NOAA for the upcoming hurricane season came out yesterday and they are expecting a very active season. Officially, the hurricane season begins and June 1st and it ends on November 30th. NOAA is forecasting 13-20 named storms. A normal season sees 12 named storms. They are expecting 7 to 11 hurricanes. A normal season sees 6 hurricanes. Of those 7 to 11 hurricanes, 3 to 6 of them are expected to become major hurricanes of category 3 intensity or greater. A normal season sees 3 major hurricanes.
Hope you are having a great weekend!
Meteorologist Mike Cameron