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Hi Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!

 

This morning will be clear and cold, with lows generally in the mid-30s.  Although it's chilly out there, it's going to get nice and mild during the day today, thanks to a developing southwesterly flow.  Temperatures are expected to climb well into the 60s – if not 70° in a few spots.  Because there will be some influence off the water from the wind, coastal areas will be somewhat cooler, with highs in the lower-60s.  Nevertheless, most of Connecticut can plan on a day 10°F warmer than Easter, even with the cooling influence off the Long Island Sound.  And, because high pressure is the controlling weather system, it's going to be mostly sunny.

 

 Partly to mostly clear skies will be with us tonight and into tomorrow, however a little rain will come by the end of the day tomorrow.  The southwesterly wind will remain with us overnight, thus it's going to be a bit warmer this evening as opposed to this morning.  Lows are expected to drop into the upper-30s and low 40s.  During the day tomorrow, clouds will increase.  But before that happens, the southwesterly wind will remain steady and busy, while enough sunshine will boost those temperatures into the middle and upper-60s, if not low-70s.  By the time the evening commute begins, clouds will overtake the sky and rain will be approaching the state from the Hudson River Valley.  Light rain or rain showers will enter the state sometime after 5 PM and linger through the night. 

 

Tuesday night and Wednesday morning will be wet.  Scattered showers will continue to move into the state from the west.  Overnight lows will be in the 40s with the rain, so we don't have to worry about any wintry precipitation.  Wednesday morning's commute will still be somewhat soggy, but the rain should taper off by noon.  When all is said and done, ¼" of rain looks to be a reasonable ballpark number for the state.

 

The sky will gradually clear Wednesday afternoon as a northwesterly wind develops.  Slightly cooler air will come behind the rain, supporting highs a few degrees on either side of 60°F.  High pressure will build into the state Thursday and Friday, offering nice weather with highs in the 60s.  Friday evening, clouds will quickly race into the state and bring scattered rain showers from late Friday evening through Saturday and into Sunday morning.  Highs will be seasonable: in the 60s while lows will be in the 40s during this time.  The weekend may finish on a higher note with partly sunny skies developing Sunday afternoon.

 

 

A couple of other notes:

 

The Connecticut River is still above flood stage in a categorically "minor" flood state at both the Hartford and Haddam gauges.  The forecast is for the river level to slowly go down, falling below flood stage either later today or tomorrow.  Until that time, there continues to be a FLOOD WARNING for the Connecticut River.

 

Stargazers who love shooting stars should keep their eyes to the sky for the Lyrid Meteor Shower.  Although it's expected to be at it's best tonight and tomorrow morning, the bright glow of the moon may actually hinder viewing the 10 to 100 meteor per hour spectacle; NASA suggests trying to view them during the early morning of April 23, after moonset.

 

Have a great week!

 

 

Meteorologist Mike Cameron along with Scot Haney

 

 

 

 

 

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