High pressure maintains command over New England and that means sunny, warm and dry weather heading into the weekend.
Friday features sunny skies with high temperatures in the lower- and middle-80s.
The afternoon warmth will be close to, but likely not at record levels. The record high temperature for the Hartford area on Friday is 89 degrees. The record high in the Bridgeport Friday area is 84 degrees.
The 2015 rainfall deficit is 4.2 inches at Bradley International in Windsor Locks and 5.6 inches at Sikorsky Airport in Bridgeport. That's equivalent to more than a month's worth of rain.
Low temperatures through the end of the week will be in the middle- and upper-50s in the hill towns, but lower-60s as one gets closer to Long Island Sound.
A moisture-starved cold front cuts across the state on Saturday night. No rain is expected! Both weekend days should be dry with a blend of clouds and sunshine. Behind the front it will be breezy on Sunday.
Temperatures will be in the 80s on Saturday, but fall into the 70s on Sunday.
Monday will be noticeably cooler with temperatures struggling to reach 70-degrees. Skies will be partly cloudy. It's a repeat of Monday on Tuesday, as a blend of clouds and sunshine lasts into the middle of next week.
Rain is possible on Wednesday with temperatures still around the 70-degree mark.
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