HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Heat and humidity have been linked to the risk of severe storms this weekend.
Severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hartford, Tolland, Windham and New London counties.
Channel 3 declared an early weather alert.
“There is a risk of bad weather [Saturday] is a little higher than [Friday], and there is also concern about an isolated tornado somewhere in southern New England, âChief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said.
A flash flood watch was also issued for parts of the state for the weekend.
Meanwhile, temperatures on Friday ranged from the 80s on the beaches to the 90s inland.
DePrest noted that the temperature reached 92 degrees in the Windsor Locks, where weather records are kept.
âIt’s the 14th day this year with a high of at least 90 degrees,â DePrest said.
DePrest said storms hit the state on Friday afternoon, with a chance later.
âIn a few places there could be a heavy downpour and gusty winds tonight,â DePrest said.
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A cold front will stall or move slowly across southern New England on Saturday, creating the potential for inclement weather on the weekends.
With the amount of humidity in the atmosphere, heavy showers are possible.
âWith a lot of humidity in the atmosphere, heavy downpours will be possible at some point,â DePrest said. âThis is not good news given that it is already one of the wettest July on record. To date, July is the 4th wettest July in the world. over the last 116 years of recording! “
Total precipitation was 8.23 ââinches in Windsor Locks.
The greatest threat of torrential downpours comes on Saturday afternoon in the evening.
“There is a risk of a localized flash flood,” DePrest reiterated. “Some storms could also be strong or severe with possible damaging winds. According to the Storm Prediction Center, there is a risk that an isolated tornado could occur somewhere in southern New England.”
Saturday highs will be in the 80s and the air will remain humid.
There is a risk of showers on Sunday morning and during the afternoon.
âThe air will likely be cooler,â DePrest said. “If parts of the state come into a north or northeast flow, temperatures could very well stay in the 70s for highs.”
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