Rising Chance of Showers and Storms

Humidity will increase and so will the chance for showers and storms with a southerly flow heading into midweek.

Monday features partly cloudy skies and certainly a filtered look as a result of haze or smoke. Temperatures will be in the upper-80s inland and low 80s at the shore.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected Tuesday afternoon, with more clouds than sun. Temperatures will be near 80 degrees with very humid conditions.

A cold front comes through Wednesday as humidity levels surge to oppressive. Wednesday features the best chance of showers and thunderstorms, but the timing of the front may be early enough to preclude anything major. Temperatures will be in the 80s.

Much improved weather arrives Thursday behind the cold front. Expect a mix of sun and puffy cumulus clouds. Humidity levels will be noticeably lower, with temperatures in the 80s.

Friday continues the late-week trend of comfortable weather. An abundance of sun will make for a great finish to the work week, with temperatures in the lower- and mid-80s.

True summer weather looks to arrive this weekend. Indications are that dew points surge into the mid-70s, which translates into an oppressive humidity reading.

Each weekend day has the chance of a thunderstorm with the soupy air in place. Temperatures will be near 90 degrees inland and mid-80s at the beaches.

Hartford-Brainard hit 90 degrees this past Sunday, but official climate observations are taken at Bradley International, which peaked at 89 degrees.

That makes for a total of four 89-degree days this year, while there have only been two 90-degree days. The average number of 90-degree days through July 10 is six.

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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