Storms Bring Heavy Rain, Some Flooding, Lots of Lightning

A line of storms brought torriential rain, lots of lightning and thunder and even some flooding to parts of the state Thursday evening.

Although some parts of the state are still seeing rain, storms have weakened as they moved east across Connecticut. Flood warnings and flood advisories issued for the western and northern parts of the state have expired.

Some areas saw minor flooding, including Bishop's Corner and Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford. Lightning struck a condo complex in Danbury, sparking a three-alarm fire that damaged nine units.

Western areas could see a few breaks of sun as the clearing line moves in. Storms are expected to move out around 8 or 9 p.m.

Connecticut recorded its first official heat wave of 2015 as temperatures at Bradley International Airport reached 90 degrees for the third day in a row, but the air is cooling as storms move in, and we're seeing temperatures between 75 and 83 degrees statewide now.

What's Ahead

Tonight will be more comfortable, with lows in the 60s to near 70 degrees.

Friday is a splendid end to the work week. Not only will the humidity be gone, but lots of sunshine is also expected and it will still be very warm, with temperatures well into the 80s.

A pattern change is responsible for the more comfortable conditions that arrive on Friday and last several days. The jet stream will sink south and suppress the high heat and humidity to the southeastern United States.

A mix of sun and clouds is anticipated on Saturday. Given the nature of the upper-level flow, there can be an isolated storm later in the day. Temperatures will be in the upper-80s to near 90 degrees.

Sunday looks to be the pick of the weekend at this point, with mostly sunny conditions and temperatures again in the mid-80s to near 90 degrees.

Early next week looks unsettled with the chance of a shower or thunderstorm Monday and Tuesday with temperatures in the mid- to upper-80s.

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