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By JOE FUREY | FOX CT Weather Team
The Hartford Courant
7:21 AM EDT, August 29, 2014
The summer of 2014 will go down in the record books as one of the nicest summers in years. Temperatures were near normal with low humidity with just a few 90 degree days. There were many nights when we were able to open the windows and turn off the air-conditioners when lows were in the cool 50s, daytime highs in the 80’s most of this summer. Most of the weekends were also beautiful with plenty of nice sunny Saturdays and Sundays.
Our beautiful summer weather pattern will continue to start of the Labor Day Weekend. However, a big pattern change is about to commence for the second half of the holiday weekend as the sub-tropical ridge of high pressure, that has been absent through most of this summer, will make an appearance with a very warm and humid tropical air-mass. The upper level ridge of high pressure will push northward this weekend which will induce warm front to spawn a few scattered thunderstorms late Sunday into early Monday.
Even with the clouds and potential thunderstorm activity, it will not be a complete washout as there will be some hazy sun and very warm temperatures. In fact, when you take into account the high humidity plus and daytime highs well into the 80’s; it will feel like its 90 or higher by Labor Day.
The sub-tropical ridge of high pressure will not only dominate our weather well into next week but also most of central and southern half of the nation as the ridge of high pressure expands across the central and southern half of the United States. Our summer September weather pattern will be more in line with July rather than September. Don’t put the beachwear away yet!
Today: Mostly sunny, pleasant. High: mid-upper 70’s.
Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds. High: upper 70’s
Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, some sun, warm and humid, chance for a few scattered t’storms. High: 80’s.
Monday: Mostly cloudy, some sun, chance for a few scattered thunderstorms: High: mid-upper 80’s.
Tuesday: Warm and humid. High: upper 80’s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, showers and thunderstorms. High: 80’s.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, less humid. High: 80’s.
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