On the last day of July, it will be warm and humid with a chance of showers and thunderstorms that could bring heavy rain and gusty wind.
It’s the kind of weather that we’ve had all month.
July’s temperatures have averaged about four degrees above average and thunderstorms have dropped nearly a month’s worth of rain in a few hours.
After days of hot and humid weather, a cold front will approach from the west which will allow showers and thunderstorms to develop during this afternoon and into this early this evening.
“Any thunderstorms will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall, along with strong gusty winds,” the National Weather Service says.
“It will be warm and humid today with temperatures mainly in the middle and upper 80s. The humidity will make it feel like it is in the lower 90s across parts of the region. Any showers and thunderstorms will end from west to east during late this evening and into the overnight.
“Weak high pressure will begin to build just west of the region on Thursday. This will allow slightly less humid air to work in on alight north to northwesterly flow. Temperatures will average closer to normal and it will be a bit more comfortable. The dry weather will continue into Thursday night and Friday with seasonable temperatures.”
July’s weather numbers
Rainfall: Rainfall was above average with some areas getting double the amount of rain in an average July.
The heaviest rainfall came from thunderstorms on July 11, 17, 18, 22 and 23.
Rainfall amounts varied greatly from the thunderstorms with some towns getting a deluge, while others got nothing.
According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford had 7.10 inches of rain - well over the average 3.32 inches. Biggest downpours at Sikorsky were 2.74 inches on July 18 and 2.28 inches on July 22.
White Plains airport, just over the border from Greenwich, had nearly double the average amount of rain for the month with 6.83 inches. That extra rain came from downpours from T-storms that dropped more than an inch of rain on July 11, 18 and 22.
Danbury’s monthly rainfall was 3.34 inches - 1.24 inches below average. Its biggest rainfall was on July 22 with 2.12 inches.
New Haven’s rainfall of 4.67 inches was .79 of an inch above average.
Temperature: The National Weather Service said some parts of southernNew England are on track for a top-10 warmest July since records began (w/ respect to monthly average temperature). Boston still holding onto the #1 spot at 78.1° with respect to records which began back in 1872.
Sikorsky’s average temperature of 78.3 degrees was 4 degrees above average. Those temperatures made it it the sixth warmest July on record. Its hottest day of the month was on July 21 when the temperature peaked at 99 degrees. It was a new high temperature record for that day. Sikorsky had nine days when the temperature was 90 degrees or above.
On Tuesday, Bridgeport had its first official heat wave of the summer with three consecutive 90-degrees days on Sunday (91), Monday, (93) and 92 on Tuesday.
Danbury’s average tempertature of 74.6 degrees was 3.1 inches above average. Hottest day of the month was on July 21 with a high of 95 degrees. Danbury had four days with it was 90 degrees or above.
New Haven’s average tempertature of 77.8 degrees was 3.8 degrees above average. It had seven days of tempertatures of 90 or above. It did not, however, have three consecutive 90-degrees days to have an official heat wave. Hottest day of the month was 97 degrees on July 21, a new record.
White Plains airport, near Greenwich, also had an average July temperature that was four degrees above average. Its hottest day was on July 21 with 95 degrees. It had five days of 90-degree, none that made heat wave status.
Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks was one of the hottest spots in Connecticut in July. It’s average temperatuture of 78.2 degrees was 4.6 inches above normal. Unlike southern Connecticut, rainfall was below normal with 2.47 inches - 1.56 inches below average.
Bradley saw four official heat waves on July 3-6, July 9-14, July 19-21 and July 28-30. The hottest day of the month was on July 21 when it hit 100 degrees, a new record.
Today: A chance of showers between noon and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 5 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Light north wind.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.