Thunderstorms brought heavy rain and lightning to eastern Connecticut Monday afternoon amid the summer's first blast of sustained heat and humidity.
Weather spotters have reported storm damage at Hicksville, Gregory and Babcock Hill roads in Lebanon, along with trees and wires down on Hanover Road and Lenox Avenue in Jewett City. NBC Connecticut has also received unconfirmed reports of trees and wires down in Baltic and Griswold.
Eversource reported several power outages in the area, and Norwich Public Utilities reported an outage on Taftville Occum Road in Norwich.
A severe thunderstorm warning issued for New London County expired around 4 p.m.
The heat and humidity will stick around for tomorrow, though it won’t feel as hot with decreasing humidity levels. Temperatures will again be near 90 degrees, and a third straight day of 90-degree weather means a heat wave is in the forecast. It would be the first official heat wave of the year.
A more substantial cold front passes through around dinnertime. With it could come a shower or thunderstorm in northwest Connecticut tomorrow evening.
High temperatures are bringing about an elevated ozone level that could create "unhealthy" breathing conditions for those with respiratory conditions.
Some cities and towns are opening cooling centers in response to the extreme heat. Check to see if cooling centers are open near you.
Sunday’s high temperature reading was a toasty 92 degrees at the airport, where official climate observations are recorded.
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.
Dew point values will also remain below 60 degrees from Wednesday through Saturday, meaning it will be comfortable.
A ridge of high pressure will be behind the late-week delight. If the pieces fall into place just right, it might remain positioned over the region through the upcoming weekend.
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