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6 AM Update:  Good morning!  We have temperatures ranging from near 40° along the Shoreline to the 30s in much of the interior part of the state to as cold as 25° in places that are usually coldest, like Colebrook.  The sky will continue the process of clearing out this morning, leading to a sunny late morning and afternoon.  As the day progresses, the air will become much milder, with highs in the lower-60s in most areas, but upper-50s in the high elevations of northeastern and northwestern Connecticut.  The wind will also increase, with northwesterly winds likely sustained at 10-20 MPH, with gusts that will reach to 30 MPH or more.  This northwest wind will hold off any sea breeze, helping the 60°+ degree weather reach the Shoreline.  One of the downsides of this mild, dry and windy weather: elevated fire danger.  With all of the leaves and debris from last fall and winter, there is plenty of dry tinder that could burn easily.  Add in the dryness and wind of today, and fire's easy spread becomes a concern.  Ironically, flood warnings continue for the Connecticut River as mountain snow melt continues to flow south from northern New England.

--Mike Cameron

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This morning we came very close to having record cold in Connecticut.  At Bradley International, the mercury dipped to 26 degrees.  The record for April 18th is 24 degrees, set in 1962.  Bridgeport came even closer to tying a record.  The mercury bottomed out at 33 degrees early today.  The April 18th record 32 degrees, also set in 1962.  The cooler than normal weather continued this afternoon with highs only in the 40s to near 50 degrees.  We still had that cool ocean flow, plus cloud cover only allowed for some dim sunshine.   

Clouds will hold temperatures up a bit tonight, but there will still be a chill in the air with overnight lows in the 30s.  Temperatures will most likely dip below freezing in the normally cooler locations. 

The Easter weekend is still looking good!  We will finally get rid of this cool maritime flow.  A dry northwesterly breeze will freshen Saturday and that means it will turn warmer right down to the coast!  Temperatures will reach 60 degrees, if not a little higher.  It'll be a nice looking day too with partly to mostly sunny skies.  High pressure will drift across New England on Easter Sunday and that means winds will be lighter.  It also means we'll enjoy plenty of strong April Sunshine.  Sunday morning will be brisk with temperatures a little above or below the freezing mark, but afternoon highs will range from 60 to 65 degrees.  An onshore breeze will return Sunday afternoon and that means highs will be held to the 50s along the Connecticut shoreline. 

A southerly flow will push temperatures higher early next week.  In fact, we have a shot at 70 degrees over interior portions of the state both Monday and Tuesday!  Plus, both days will be dry.  Showers will likely develop Tuesday night and that will be the first rain in nearly a week!  A weak storm may move off the coast of New Jersey Tuesday night and it could brush coast of Southern New England on Wednesday.  If that happens then the wet weather will carry over into midweek.  Drier conditions should return for the end of the week and seasonably mild temperatures are expected. 

FYI….Sunrise Easter morning is at 6:03! 

 

Have a terrific Easter weekend! 

 

 

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest      

 

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