90-Degree Heat Possible Next Week

High pressure will deliver dry weather today with a few puffy cumulus clouds, especially in the higher terrain. Temperatures will peak near 80 degrees.

This weekend will be a fabulous close to August.

Saturday features mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the lower- and middle-80s.

A mix of sun and clouds is expected on Sunday as a frontal boundary washes out in northern New England. It will be dry, but the humidity will be noticable as temperatures peak in the middle- and upper-80s.

Next week a large, long-lived upper-level ridge sets up shop over much of the country. This means a very warm stretch of weather is ahead, with some days reaching ten degrees above the average high, which is roughly 80 degrees.

High temperatures through Thursday will be in the upper-80s to near 90 degrees inland. Along the coastline, with a sea breeze, temperatures will be a tad cooler in the middle- and upper-80s.
Monday features a mix of sun and clouds, then mostly sunny conditions return on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The tropical focus is currently on Tropical Storm Erika, the lone storm in the Atlantic Ocean.

Erika is tracking over the high terrain of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where the highest mountains reach 10,000 feet above sea level. That is helping tear apart the bottom of the storm, while upper-level winds shear off the top of the storm.

As of midday on Friday, the storm circulation was west of the main thunderstorm activity. Erika might not survive as a tropical storm, but heavy rain is expected along the path of the system.
Florida should be concerned about the potential for flooding early next week.

Stay with the NBC Connecticut First Alert weather team for the very latest forecast on-air, online and on the app.

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