Good Thursday evening!
*** A FROST ADVISORY is in effect for southern portions of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties from 1am until 9am Friday morning***
This morning we had near record cold in Connecticut, but no new records were established. The mercury dipped to 26 degrees at Bradley International. The record low for April 17th for the Greater Hartford area is 25 degrees set in 1908. The mercury dipped to 33 degrees in Bridgeport. The record low is 30 degrees set in 1962.
Tonight will be chilly, but record lows are expected. The record low for April 18th for Bridgeport is 32 degrees, set in 1962. The record low for Bradley International is 24 degrees, also set in 1962.
Temperatures will remain on the cool side of normal through tomorrow. High pressure centered over the Canadian Maritimes will keep Southern New England in a cool ocean flow. Highs tomorrow will range from the 40s along the Southeast Coast to the low and mid 50s over interior portions of the state. Tomorrow will be a nice looking day with partly sunny skies.
The Easter weekend is still looking good! A dry northwesterly breeze will take over on Saturday and that will take the cold ocean waters out of the equation across the entire state. Temperatures will reach 60 degrees, if not a little higher, Saturday afternoon under partly to mostly sunny skies. Easter Sunday will be even milder with highs in the low to mid 60s. High pressure will also provide a good supply of sunshine and winds will be lighter. Overall, Easter will be quite pleasant with sunrise occurring at 6:03 (Windsor Locks)!
Temperatures will continue to rise early next week. In fact, we will likely enjoy highs close to 70 degrees on Monday. Tuesday will be breezy and mild with highs in the 60s to possibly near 70 degrees. A cold front will probably bring a round of showers and perhaps even a few thunderstorms by late in the day. The rest of next week looks mainly dry with temperatures fluctuating from cool to mild.
Enjoy the rest of the week!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest