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FIRST ALERT: Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect For Entire State

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    Evening forecast on July 17, 2019

    Meteorologist Kaitlyn Mcgrath has the forecast on July 17th,2019

    (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

    A round of strong to severe storms are moving through Connecticut this afternoon and evening and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London counties, but have since expired.

    The NBC Connecticut First Alert meteorologists have issued a First Alert for the weather threat. 

    A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for all of the state until 10 p.m.

    A flash flood watch has been posted for northern Connecticut until 11 p.m. A flash flood watch is in effect for Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties until 5 a.m. Thursday.

    Humidity worked into the state early this morning. This humidity is contained in the remnants of what was Hurricane Barry moving north and east.

    An area of unstable air will set up across the area during the day with very warm temperatures once again reaching the low 90s. The heat will help to add fuel for the storms to develop toward the end of the day.

    With the added tropical moisture in the air, some towns will pick up excessive rainfall within any shower or storm that does develop.

    Once the evening storm threat passes, we will still deal with widespread showers and storms as the main batch of moisture from Barry moves through into the first half of Thursday.

    The potential is there for many towns to pick up to 2-inches of rain or more in towns that see the heavier storms.

    More stable air will move in for Friday and the weekend but the humidity will remain oppressive with dew points into the mid and upper 70s. High temperatures combined with the oppressive humidity could push the heat index above 100 degrees in some spots.

    Drier more comfortable air is not expected until the middle of next week.

    Track the storms with our interactive radar.

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