Storms Cause Some Damage, Leave Rainbows Behind

Thunderstorms moving east across Connecticut brought heavy rain, wind and lightning to parts of the state Tuesday night, causing some damage and leaving double rainbows in their wake.

Although storms were not severe, many of us got drenched. Tree limbs and power lines also came down in certain areas, including a limb that fell on a car in New Milford and another on Fairfield Avenue in Hartford.

Eversource reported more than 4,000 power outages statewide as storms rolled through, including more than 1,100 in Hartford, where crews were called out to work on a transformer.

Storms brought welcome relief from oppressive humidity and sky-high temperatures.

Hartford and Meriden both hit 90 degrees Tuesday, but official climate observations are recorded at Sikorsky and Bradley International Airport, which peaked at 89 degrees. Neither site registered an official heat wave, which constitutes three consecutive 90-degree days.

High temperatures have led to an elevated ozone level that could create "unhealthy" breathing conditions for those with respiratory conditions. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is forecasting unhealthy air quality.

Wednesday starts a long stretch of pleasant weather for July standards. Temperatures each day through the rest of the week will be in the lower- and mid-80s.

A big ridge of high pressure will be parked over the northeastern United States through Saturday, which means generally nice weather. There can be a stray shower on Friday.

Dew point values will also remain below 60 degrees tomorrow through Saturday, meaning it will be comfortable.

Early indications for the start of next week show unsettled conditions with lots of clouds, humidity and the chance of showers.

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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