First Heat Wave of the Year Possible Late Week

High heat and oppressive humidity is expected late this week.

High clouds increase this evening as the fireworks go off, but they will not obstruct the view.

Rain is expected after midnight, and it may be heavy at times tomorrow morning.

The most rain will fall in southern Connecticut, but the whole state should get in on the action.

The rainfall deficit over the last year and a half is over 12 inches, so the rain is very much needed.

The weather clears out Wednesday as temperatures soar into the middle 90s. The humidity will still be manageable on Wednesday.

That changes in a big way Thursday.

Heat indices, or what it feels like, will surge to near 100 degrees come Thursday and that will last through at least Friday.

At some point, either on Friday or over the weekend, a series of cold fronts will eventually cleanse the atmosphere from all of the humidity.

As a result, thunderstorms are possible, isolated in nature Thursday but with an increasing threat heading into the weekend.

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