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    From The News 12 Weather Center.....The National Weather Service has issued a BLIZZARD WARNING for NORTHERN FAIRFIELD, NORTHERN NEW HAVEN, SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD and SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN county, effective through WED at 12:00 AM.......a WINTER STORM WARNING for NORTHERN LITCHFIELD and SOUTHERN LITCHFIELD county, effective through WED at 8:00 PM.......a COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY for SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD and SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN county, effective through TUE at 4:00 PM....
    Thursday, January 5, 2017
    Winter cold has returned, and some snow is in the forecast as well. Light snow will break out late this evening and continue into Friday morning. Snow will be winding down during the morning commute. This will not be a big snow storm, but the timing will be a problem. Look out for slippery roads in the morning.
    A more substantial storm will track well to our south on Saturday. The bulk of this storm will stay to our south; however, the northern fringe could brush our area with light snow Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. We'll keep a close eye on it!
    Here's a collection of rain totals from Tuesday's storm:
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    What a difference a couple of days can make. On Tuesday, the official forecast for Matthew brought the storm close enough for fringe impacts in southwestern Connecticut. Take a look at the latest forecast (as of Wednesday evening):
    The storm may never make it north of the Carolinas. 
    At this point, the storm is expected to have significant impacts on (at least) Florida and Georgia.
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Monday, October 3, 2016
    Dangerous Hurricane Matthew is approaching Haiti tonight. This is a serious situation: Haiti will be impacted by the worst part of the storm. On top of the wind and storm surge threats, heavy rain will result in flooding and mudslides as the storm moves through. 
    The storm is expected to hit eastern Cuba on Wednesday and the Bahamas later this week. The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the storm close to the southeastern United States coast by the weekend. 
    Interests along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina need to closely follow this storm. 
    It's still too early to say if this storm will impact southwestern Connecticut. The most important thing to do right now is check in for daily updates.
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Sunday, October 2, 2016
    Dangerous Hurricane Matthew continues to move through the Caribbean. As of Sunday at 8 PM, the storm was a category 4 with winds of 145 mph.
    The storm is expected to bring tropical storm and hurricane conditions to Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba over the next couple of days. Rainfall will exceed a foot in some of the hardest hit areas, leading to flooding and dangerous mudslides. Storm surge will be significant and hurricane-force winds will result in more damage.
    Farther north, hurricane conditions are possible in the Bahamas from Tuesday night through Thursday. By Friday, the storm is expected to be off the east coast of Florida; however, eastern Florida could be impacted more directly should the storm track farther west. Remember that storm tracks can change significantly, especially so many days out.
    It is still too early to say whether this storm will impact our area. While a significant impact is a possibility, the odds would favor less direct impacts or no impact at all. 
    It'll be a few days until we can say for sure, so it's we'll keep you posted all week long.
  • Watching Matthew
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Category 4 Hurricane Matthew is powerfully churning in the southern Caribbean Sea with wind speeds of 150 mph with gusts upwards 180 mph. It will be taking a turn north and track through parts of the Greater Antilles. This is a very dangerous storm for those in Jamaica, Haiti, and eastern Cuba. The current forecast calls for about 25 inches of rainfall for parts of Haiti!
    Hurricane Matthew is expected to move northward and weaken slightly through Monday and Tuesday before having an opportunity to intensify over the Bahamas. Once the storm reaches the Bahamas, we will have a better idea of where the storm may go.
    Currently, there is high uncertainty and inconsistency with the storm track beyond the Bahamas. We are closely watching this storm for its potential to hug the coast. At the same time, the storm has an opportunity to head out to sea as well. We will have a better understanding of the storm track by late Tuesday and Wednesday. If the storm does hug the coast, it would effect our weather late next weekend.
    As this forecast evolves, we will keep you posted!
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Friday, September 30, 2016
    Hurricane Matthew is a strong storm in the Caribbean.
    The official forecast turns the storm to the north this weekend. Jamaica could take a direct hit early next week. The storm is expected to be in the Bahamas by Wednesday. After that, there is a large range of possible tracks, timing and storm intensity. We'll keep you posted!
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    The drought situation continues in southwestern Connecticut. Our area is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions.
    The rain deficit for 2016 is near 5 inches:
  • More Rain
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Monday, September 26, 2016
    A round of rain is likely late tonight and first thing on Tuesday. Be ready for some showers Tuesday morning.
    7 AM Tuesday
    The showers will end during the morning. It'll be mostly cloudy at noon.
    12 Noon Tuesday
    Sunny breaks are expected during the afternoon.
    5 PM Tuesday
    Here's the planning forecast:
    Planning Forecast
  • Chilly Night!
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike

    The coolest weather of the season so far is upon us. Even though autumn is only a few days old, we're really feeling the dry, crisp air associated with this beautiful season.
    Northerly winds will be pushing in cooler air to southwestern Connecticut through the night.
    This northerly wind is part of an air pattern that has been filtering in cooler air to the area. The jet stream looks like a "roller coaster" where northerly wind is currently bringing chilly air to our area as noted in the picture below.
    The jet stream "dips" over the northeast which is why the cooler weather is entering our area. Tonight's lows will be chilly in most places and a Frost Advisory is in effect for Litchfield county, just north of us.
    The "hill" in the jet stream will push eastward on Monday and thus changing the wind direction. Southerly winds will bring in slightly more humidity for Monday afternoon. Monday's high temperatures will also be near seasonal or just below at 68-70 degrees.
    Another "dip" in the jet stream comes Monday night with the price of rainy weather that will greet us on Tuesday morning! The weather will improve with decreasing showers and clouds through Tuesday afternoon. 
    The weather breaks on Wednesday to a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be in the lower 70s, but unsettled weather is in the forecast from Thursday through Saturday with chances for showers
    For now, bundle up, stay warm, and enjoy the chilly autumn night!
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Thursday, September 22, 2016
    The drought continues here in southwestern Connecticut. Our area is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions.
    Drought Update
    Rainfall for this month is close to normal:
    Rain for September
    We are running over 4 inches below normal since January 1:
    Rain for 2016
  • Check out the sunset at the end of this time lapse

  • Monday Morning Downpours
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    A front is slowly moving along the east coast and a lot of the moisture is being pulled up to the northeast with the jet stream. This moisture will be enhancing storms as they pass through southwestern Connecticut on Monday morning. 
    Heavy rain is expected during the morning commute and through the late morning. This heavy rain can leave for dangerous puddling on roadways and localized flooding. Please leave extra time for morning travels. These storms also have the potential to bring an embedded thunderstorm as well.
    The heavy rain will turn gradually lighter through the early afternoon where lingering showers will persist through the evening.
    The front will be moving away from the area by Monday evening, decreasing clouds and improving the sky conditions. Patchy fog is possible through Monday night as the humid air lingers in the area.
    Tuesday will feature more sunshine mixed with a few clouds and temperatures will rise to the lower 80s in the afternoon.
  • Week Starts Unsettled
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    A front that is moving across the Ohio Valley and western Pennsylvania will slowly move through southwestern Connecticut on Sunday and Monday bringing periods of rain.
    Sunday will be cloudy with periods of passing showers and a high temperature in the upper 70s.
    The rain will potentially be heavy with embedded thunderstorms late Sunday night into Monday morning. Total rainfall amounts could add up to just over an inch of rain, which is much needed!

    The unsettled weather gives way to improving conditions late Monday night into Tuesday. The midweek looks pleasant with temperatures near 80 with a mix of sun and clouds.
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Friday, September 16, 2016
    Saturday will be the "pick of the weekend" with mild temperatures and dry conditions.
    Saturday Forecast
    By Sunday, there's a chance of showers from time-to-time. It'll be mild and humid.
    Chance of showers on Sunday
    A period of steady, soaking rain is possible Sunday night into Monday.
    Soaking rain possible Monday
  • Aquarion Water Company Issues Mandatory Watering Ban

    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Thursday, September 15, 2016
    The dry conditions persist across southwestern Connecticut. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, portions of our area are experiencing a severe drought.
    Latest Drought Monitor for southwestern CT
    The rainfall deficit at Bridgeport for 2016 is approximately 5 inches. 
    Rain information for Bridgeport
  • From Sunny To Stormy - Fairfield Time Lapse 9/14/16

    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Monday, September 12
    The weather is looking great on this final full week of summer. A bit of "fall chill" will be in the air at times.
    A cool night in our area
    It'll be another stellar day tomorrow with highs around 80 and low humidity.
    Tuesday Forecast
  • September-Like Weather Ahead
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    The weather will feel more refreshing and crisp through this week. High temperatures for this week will not be as summer-like with highs in the 70s and lower 80s. We are also expecting dry air to hold its place over southwestern Connecticut. The dry air will bring crisp overnight conditions with low temperatures into the 50s!
    A front rolls past the area on Wednesday, and this will bring some showers and storms in the evening.
    Enjoy your week!
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Following record warmth on Friday, summer heat hangs on Saturday.
    Highs will be in the 80s with oppressive humidity. Heat index values will reach into the 90s.
    Saturday highs
    Heat Index Saturday 3 PM
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Midsummer-like warmth continues in late summer. It'll be warm and humid overnight. Heat index values will reach into the 90s on Friday.
    Thursday night lows
    Heat Index 3 PM Friday
  • What Storm?
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Did you wake up and expect to see stormy weather? Did it make today feel awkward to it did to me? 
    I'm sure many of us did as Post Tropical Cyclone Hermine stuck to an easterly track. Patterns in the atmosphere did not align as expected this morning, and therefore some changes were necessary given the new track of Hermine.
    Hermine kept a steady pace to the east where it was expected to originally align with an upper level disturbance. This disturbance would've began to pivot the storm north. However, Hermine tracked farther east and kept southwestern Connecticut in the clear. The large swatch of clear air to the north acted like a barrier - preventing Hermine from being aligned and triggering its forecast northward motion.
    With a deepening pattern - some growing energy in the atmosphere will help pivot the system north and wobble it westward through the night into Monday before slowly pushing it north. Hermine will then turn northeast by Wednesday where it exits into the North Atlantic.
    Some effects will be felt here in southwestern Connecticut primarily along the shoreline in the form of winds between 15-25mph with gusts up to 30-40mph.
    The wind field of this post-tropical system is fairly large, and effects of the tropical storm force winds are felt for nearly 230 miles outside of the storm. Southwestern Connecticut could enter the wind field of 40 mph winds as Hermine moves north and wobbles northwest.
    Southwestern Connecticut's primary concern will be for shoreline flooding during high tide times on Monday. Normal high tides are near 7-8 ft and the surge could be between 2-4 ft. Therefore we can expect minor to moderate shoreline flooding in vulnerable low-lying areas along the waterfront. Precautions should be taken despite the sky being relatively clear of rain or many clouds. Think of this as a clear-sky-but-windy shoreline flood event.
    The surge will be caused by easterly-northeasterly winds pushing water into the sound. This water pools and gets trapped since the only exit is through the East River and into NY Harbor. 
    The day will start rather sunny with increasing clouds and a few passing showers late in the day. If you are north of the Merritt Parkway or away from the shoreline, Monday will be rather decent...just a bit on the breezy side.
  • Hermine Hangs Out
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Present Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to move off the North Carolina coast and enter the mid-Atlantic where it will stall for a few days at the start of next week. Hermine should be treated like a nor'easter for southwestern Connecticut with largest effects related to gusty wind, storm surge, and shoreline flooding.
    Hermine is currently located over South Carolina.
    Current projections send Hermine off into the mid-Atlantic where it intensifies slightly before gradually weakening through the beginning of the work week. The storm will be 'wobbling' as it slowly fights its way northeast by Wednesday. This wobbling will bring prolonged hazardous conditions to the tri-state area... especially with widespread coastal flooding and beach erosion.
    The maroon color along the coast represents current Tropical Storm Warnings. The pink represents current Tropical Storm Watches. These are in effect for potential tropical storm force wind gusts exceeding 50mph. That will create the effects listed above.
    The wind over southwestern Connecticut will gust between 20 - 40 mph with occasional gusts upward 50 mph if the storm tracks a bit closer to shore. This will be most felt on Sunday into Monday along the immediate shoreline communities.
    This wind will push in high swells into Long Island Sound. The ocean can see waves upwards 15 feet! High tide for southwestern Connecticut through Sunday and Monday will come with moderate coastal flooding that will inundate vulnerable roadways and immediate coastal properties. This is the largest and most dangerous impact for southwestern Connecticut.
    Recent storm surge forecast models depict potential for even higher storm surges upwards 8 feet close to Greenwich. Either way, it is important to take precaution by moving vehicles out of flood prone areas. High tide times are within an hour of 2AM and 2PM for both Sunday and Monday. 
    This graphic above depicts potential storm surge levels in Long Island Sound. The arrows depict the wind direction as water is pushed into the sound. 
    Rain impacts with this storm are marginal - so we do not expect heavy rain or rainfall-based flooding over southwestern Connecticut. This is because the storm itself is expected to be far enough away to keep a majority of the rain out of our area. However, we can expect showers on Sunday night into Monday as rain bands can pass through. Otherwise, expect primarily windy conditions, clouds, and coastal flooding.
    Hermine is expected to move away by Wednesday followed by gradually improving conditions and temperatures in the lower 80s.
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Wednesday 8/31/16 - 8:30 PM
    The chances are increasing that our area will see some impact from Hermine over Labor Day Weekend. It's still a number of days out, so stay with us for forecast updates as the week moves along. Odds are good that projections will be adjusted over the next few days.
  • Tropical Update - Tuesday 8/30/16

  • Minor Hiccups
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Dry air is in place over southwestern Connecticut keeping a beautifully pleasant air mass over the area. An easterly wind will keep the pleasant air in place through Sunday, so it will be a definite beach day!
    A front will approach southwestern Connecticut through the dry air on Monday, which will only bring passing clouds and a very small chance for a passing drizzle. This is due to the lack of available humidity that is often used to fuel stormy weather.
    This hiccup will not affect many as the weather remains otherwise pleasant through Tuesday. The next hiccup comes through late on Wednesday as another front approaches the area. This front will bring showers through Thursday morning. It will also knock down temperatures for the ending of the week - feeling pleasantly seasonal with highs much cooler - near 77 degrees. Autumn is coming! just 25 days. 
  • Great Weekend!
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Dry northwesterly winds will be filtering into southwestern Connecticut through the weekend. This will decrease humidity, but the summer warmth will remain. 
    Saturday and Sunday will be wonderful with warm summer sunshine and highs in the upper to mid-80s. 
  • Hot & Humid
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Friday will be fantastic for some, especially those who love summer heat and humidity.

    Southwesterly winds will be breezy through the night into Friday at 5-15 mph. This breeze will continue pulling in high humidity and heat to southwestern Connecticut.
    High temperatures will surge to near 90 degrees, but the feel like temperatures will be near 95-100 degrees. Please stay hydrated and breathe easy by staying cool.
    A front is expected to pass through during the midday, which sparks some passing thundershowers. A brief downpour is possible, but the weather is not expected to be severe. Keep an eye to the sky for changing conditions after lunch!
    Drying northwesterly winds filter into southwestern Connecticut through the late afternoon and evening. This will push away the humidity and decrease the hazy cloud cover.
    We'll be looking forward to a great weekend ahead with pleasantly warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.
  • An Eye for an Eye
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    There is a cluster of unorganized tropical disturbances in the Caribbean that is whipping up some strong gale force winds on the northern Lesser Antilles.
    This storm has a medium chance to become a named disturbance within the next 48 hours. If it does, it will be given the name "Hermine" (her-MEEN). 
    This forecast must be carefully watched if you have any upcoming travel plans to the Caribbean - including the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and Florida. If this storm strengthens over the weekend, it could impact Florida as a Tropical Storm or even a Hurricane. As of now, any impacts to the Bahamas and Florida are too uncertain given how unorganized the cluster of storms are. We will closely monitor the progress of this storm.
  • Clear & Beautiful
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Tonight will be pleasantly cool with a nice clear sky.
    Wednesday will be wonderful with warm afternoon highs near 85 degrees, low humidity, and plenty of sunshine!
    Thursday will be transitional as southwesterly winds increase humidity across the area. This humidity will make the air feel warmer, with feel like temperatures near 90. We can also expect hazy sunshine.
    A front is expected for Thursday night into Friday early morning. This will bring some light scattered rain showers to southwestern Connecticut. It stays hot on Friday before temperatures moderate back toward seasonal for the weekend.
  • Best Week of Summer?
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Check out this won't be disappointed. Humidity will be very low, and the air will be clear and pleasant. Enjoy!
  • Half & Half Weekend
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    This weekend will be muggy but mostly sunny for Saturday with rain expected for Sunday.
    Saturday features warm weather with a southerly wind that adds more humidity to the air. It will feel sticky and warm with feel like temperatures near 90.
    Keep an eye to the sky on Saturday where there is a small chance for an afternoon and early evening spotty shower or thunderstorm. It will be very similar to Friday's showers in the afternoon. You'll be lucky if you do see one!
    Sunday will feature more clouds than sun with unsettled weather arriving ahead of a cold front that is expected to pass through later in the day on Sunday. Chances for showers will linger through the early afternoon and evening.
    The front passes through southwestern Connecticut on Sunday night near sunset where thunderstorms and potentially heavy rain is expected. This rain continues into the night and ends early on Monday morning where dry and mild air filters in behind the front. Monday will be breezy with a westerly-northwesterly wind.
    This dry and mild air comes with lower humidity and more comfortable temperatures for next week. It will probably be the best week of the summer so far!
  • Tropical Storm Fiona
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    This tropical storm is currently out in the mid-Atlantic and is expected to remain a Tropical Storm as it tracks northwest toward Bermuda. Although the tropical system is moving over areas of warm waters, it is moving into an atmosphere that is not entirely favorable for growth. There is dry air in its path that could prevent it from intensifying. 
    The tan shading is the dry air, whereas the teal shading is the moist air.
    The shading of red notes the hot/warm ocean temperatures
    In a nutshell, the conditions for growth through the next few days is limited due to factors that nearly "cancel each other out". We will keep monitoring Fiona as she moves northwest through the weekend.
  • More Humidity and Storms
    Another surge of humid air is on the doorstep. Overnight, the mugginess will increase. Odds are good that it won't hit 90° tomorrow; however, the "feels like" temperatures will be around or over the 90-degree mark. Showers and storms are likely at times. Some of these storms could be intense.
  • A Brief Break Before Showers Return
    Meteorology Intern Noni Hodges-Flakes (with Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike)
    During Sunday evening some thunderstorms rolled through the area with strong winds and heavy rain showers. While these storms rolled through, it slightly decreased the humidity in southwestern Connecticut.
    Monday will feel less oppressive with lower feel-like temperatures throughout day as compared to the weekend's feel like temperatures which were between 105° - 110°.

    The wind is another element that will help break the heat. The wind will come from the north-northwest then from the southwest at 5 -10 MPH through Monday.
    Monday night will be clear and comfortable with lows in the lower 70s.

    Tuesday will feature a few scattered showers during the late morning that will extend into the afternoon as a warm front moves into the area.

    Those showers will move out of the area by the Tuesday evening leaving humid and some muggy weather in its wake.

    Finally, a cold front will approach the area on Wednesday afternoon creating some final storms and showers.
    Conditions look way better for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with comfortably warm summer weather in the 80s.
  • Dry & Sunny, Then Humid & Wet
    Meteorology Intern Noni Hodges-Flakes (with Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike)

    The weather will continue to be dry for the beginning of the week before showers and storms move in towards the end of the week. There will be a clear and starry sky as high pressure remains over southwestern Connecticut this evening. This high pressure will bring in winds from the west-northwest that will keep humidity low for the night.

    Monday will be sunny, warm, and nice for the entire day.

    A high pressure system has been in control of our weather pattern and thus giving us the sunshine and dry weather. This high pressure system will slowly move to the east of the area during Monday and Tuesday. Clouds will start to filter into southwestern Connecticut for Tuesday evening as the southwesterly wind pulls in moist air.

    Tuesday will be clear with high temperatures in the middle 80s with gradually increasing humidity.

    This shift will combine heat and humidity that creates an unstable atmosphere that will likely trigger storms and showers on Wednesday afternoon/evening. Showers are possible through the weekend as a front is likely to stall nearby the area which extends this period of unsettled weather through the weekend. 

  • The Perseid Meteor Shower Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this week! Unfortunately, cloudy skies look to interrupt clear viewing of the meteor shower over southwestern Connecticut later this week. Good news though - you can still see some meteors through the clear skies tonight, tomorrow, and Tuesday night. Head out after midnight and gaze halfway up the northeastern sky. The farther away from city lights - the better! And as always: If you take photos - please post them for me to see! Enjoy!

  • Drying Out...Again
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    A front is moving towards southwestern Connecticut this evening which will be squeezing out the humidity for the start of next week. After all, today felt very tropical with high level of humidity in the air.
    Dry air will be pushing through behind the front that is passing through the area this evening.
    It will feel very summer-like and pleasant. Temperatures will be in the 80s with low humidity for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday!
  • Nice Beach Day
    It'll be another great beach day across southwestern Connecticut on Friday. Here's your beach and boating forecast:
  • Beach and Boating Forecast
    Thursday will be a great day to head to the beach or out on the boat!
  • Another Winner
    Following a "top 10" day on Wednesday, it'll be a repeat performance on Thursday. Look for highs around 80 and comfortable levels of humidity.
  • Heat Easing
    Meteorologist Garett Argianas
    Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to hold in the mid to upper 70s. Much of the day will be dry; a few passing showers are possible at times. 
    It'll turn warmer and more humid as we move closer to the weekend.
  • Dreary & Dull
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Unsettled weather will linger over southwestern Connecticut through the start of the work week. A front has stalled just to the south of the area, and it will not be pushing out the humidity and dreary weather yet.

    However, this unsettled weather will develop patchy fog overnight because of cooling temperatures and high humidity. Low temperatures will be near 70 degrees overnight. Showers and periods of heavy rain are still possible overnight into Monday morning.
    Watch out for puddles on Monday morning! Some showers will continue to move through during Monday as the front slowly pushes through the area. Expect showers at any point during the day as well.
    Monday's weather won't be as gray as Sunday since there may even be some peeks of sunshine in the afternoon.
    ...But the unsettled weather won't be over just yet. Some afternoon storms can pop-up and give some final downpours into the overnight hours.
    Conditions are likely to slowly improve through Tuesday with increasing afternoon sunshine that extends through the rest of the workweek!
  • Much Rain
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Heavy rain is on its way to southwestern Connecticut. This rainfall has potential to bring potential flooding to Southwestern Connecticut overnight into Friday afternoon.
    Rain will steadily fall through the overnight hours and we will be watching close for the development of heavy rain bands. If these bands set up over southwestern Connecticut, we could potentially see even more rain.
    Rainfall totals are currently forecast to be near 1.5" - 2" of rainfall, with potential to go higher. The large amount of rain can be overwhelming to the ground and thus create potential flood hazards for prone areas. These prone areas include (but are not limited to) low-lying zones, urban roadways with poor drainage, and small streams that collect runoff. Be careful if you're headed out - turn around, don't drown - it is best not to drive through a flooded roadway.
    High temperatures will be surprisingly cooler with highs only reach the upper 70s. 
    Saturday looks better with partly cloudy skies and midday sunshine before more rain overnight into Sunday morning.
  • Increasing Humidity
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    Light southwesterly winds will slowly push more humidity into southwestern Connecticut through the night. Low temperatures will be fairly warm near 70 degrees.
    "Icky" & "Sticky" will describe Thursday's weather! It will also be pretty hot with highs near 88 degrees. Hazy sunshine will fill the air as high humidity will be with us through the day.
    The humidity will take its toll by the afternoon where an isolated stray shower may pop up and pass through the area. This should could bring a brief downpour to southwestern Connecticut.
    A front will then approach the area by late Thursday where heavy rain is like overnight into Friday morning. The heavy rain will continue through the first half of Friday bringing potential thunderstorms. These thunderstorms are not anticipated to be severe but could be strong with heavy rain and wind gusts of 30-40 mph.
  • Beach Time!
    Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike
    The beach is looking fine for Wednesday. In fact, it will be complimented with pleasantly calm winds from the west-northwest in the morning.
    A sea-breeze will develop in the early afternoon with a southerly wind from off the waters at 5-10 mph.
    The air stays dry through Wednesday but humidity returns on Thursday, bringing back stifling air and potential storms for Thursday night into Friday. 
  • Skies Of Blue
    Meteorology Intern Noni Hodges-Flakes
    (with Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike)
    Tuesday will be warmer with lower humidity in the air since today's severe thunderstorms took the muggy feeling out of the area.
    Northwesterly wind will filter in a dry air mass to southwestern Connecticut for the mid-week bringing few clouds, more sunshine, and a blue sky.
     Tuesday morning will be pleasant with temperatures in the lower 70s. Dry winds will come from the north leaving a mostly clear, sunny morning. 
    Tuesday's high temperature will be near 91 degrees with dry winds coming from the west at 5-10 MPH.
    Wednesday will be beautiful and a touch cooler (but still warm) with more blue skies. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s in the afternoon.
    A change of the weather comes towards the end of the week with more humidity for Thursday and unsettled weather for Friday, Saturday, and potentially Sunday.
  • Heat & Thunder
    Meteorology Intern Noni Hodges-Flakes
    (with Meteorologist Mike Rizzo @meteor_mike)

    Monday is going to feel very hot and humid! Temperatures will be in the 70s during the morning with a feel like temperature in the mid to upper 70s.

    The feel like temperature jumps up to 100 degrees in New Canaan for the afternoon! Stay cool and hydrated in this high heat and humidity.

    The reason for the high feel-like temperature is because the wind will be coming from the southwest pulling humid air into southwestern Connecticut.

    This combination of heat and humidity will put southwestern Connecticut under a Heat Advisory from Noon to 8 PM on Monday.

    In addition to this, there will be unsettled weather rolling through the area in the morning that could bring a spotty drizzle the area. Strong thunderstorms and heavy rain then come through the area during the evening.

    Some of these late day thunderstorms will bring potentially strong if not severe storms to southwestern Connecticut. These storms would be capable of producing lightning, strong winds of 40-60 mph, heavy rainfall, and very small-sized hail. When thunder roars, head indoors! Wait the storm out - it's the safest thing to do.
    Skies will clear afterwards overnight into Tuesday. Tuesday will have sunshine with less humidity.
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