What to Know
The last seven-day heat wave occurred in July 2013. The longest heat wave in the Hartford area since 1905 was 10 days.
The highest temperature observed so far this year was 96 degrees. That may be challenged Saturday.
Drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
What could be the longest heat wave since 2013 started on Thursday and today is the hottest day in four years. Temperatures reached 99 degrees at Bradley.
While this is the hottest day in years, the record for this date is 103 degrees, set in 2011.
Today is a First Alert Weather Day as a result of the heat and humidity.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hartford, Middlesex, New London, Windham and Tolland County until 10:45 p.m.
NBC Connecticut meterologists say the biggest threat will be potentially 60 mph winds and small bits of hail in the northeastern part of the state.
Stafford Fire Department on Friday night said trees and wires were down on Westford Avenue and Rocky Dundee Street.
Tolland County was slammed with weather-related damage, including one house with a tree through it on Shenipsit Lake Road and wires down on Gehring Road.
The threat for severe weather has diminished quite a bit, though a few storms are still possible this evening.
It will be hot, hazy and less humid this weekend.
Saturday, for example, will see temperatures between 95 and 100 degrees. There's a slim chance for a storm Saturday afternoon and evening.
It will be a bit cooler Sunday, with highs in the lower 90s. Lots of sunshine is expected.
An isolated storm is possible late on Monday, but temperatures will still be in the 90s come Tuesday and Wednesday.
Temperatures finally return to the middle and upper 80s starting Thursday, when it will remain mostly dry, though an isolated storm is possible.
The rainfall deficit since the beginning of last year is over 14 inches, and not much relief is in sight.