Unseasonably Warm Through the Weekend

Warm afternoons but seasonably cool nights are the story of the week in the weather department.

Today features an abundance of sunshine with high temperatures in the upper-80s inland, but lower- and middle-80s at the shore and in the hills.

The jet stream is far to the north in Canada. Not only does the jet drive the weather, but it corresponds with a big change in temperature at the surface.

Given the jet stream is so far away from Connecticut through the end of the week, no large change in temperature is anticipated, nor is any rain going to come close to the state.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday all feature tons of sunshine. Inland high temperatures will be in the middle- and upper-80s, while shoreline and hill-town high temperatures will be in the lower-80s.

The afternoon warmth will be close to record levels. Today's record high temperature for the Hartford area is 92-degrees, tomorrow it's 90-degrees and on Friday it's 89-degrees. The record high on Friday in the Bridgeport area is 84-degrees; that record is in jeopardy.

The 2015 rainfall deficit is 4.2 inches at Bradley International in Windsor Locks and 5.4 inches at Sikorsky Airport in Bridgeport. That's equivalent to more than a month's worth of rain.

Low temperatures through the end of the week will be in the middle- and upper-50s in the hill towns, but lower- and middle-60s as one gets closer to Long Island Sound.

A moisture-starved cold front cuts across the state Saturday night. No rain is expected!

Monday will be noticably cooler with temperatures struggling to reach 70-degrees, but the cool-down will be short-lived as temperatures rebound in the middle part of next week.

Some indications point to unsettled weather early next week, but for now the forecast is dry with more clouds than sun on Monday.

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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