Let’s just get this out of the way fast. That phrase ‘polar vortex’ you might be reading about? That phenomenon that caused wickedly cold temperatures in January?
It’s not making a summer appearance in Connecticut. At least, that’s what The Weather Channel is saying. Allow us to get weather-rific for a moment.
“It's more accurate to say that the anomalously cold air is related to the circumpolar vortex in the troposphere, the lower layer of the atmosphere, which is a pattern of winds that feature a broad, irregular generally west-to-east flow around the pole, rather than a flow that's consistently centered right at the pole like the stratospheric polar vortex,” The Weather Channel notes.
Enough With the Fancy Terms — How Cold Will It Get?
Looks like the midwestern area will see lower than usual temperatures (down to the 40s-50s) but how about here in Connecticut? Evening temps on Saturday, July 12, could dip to a low of around 60, per the National Weather Service.
According to this Weather Channel website on average temperatures (which apparently doubles as a guide for brides and grooms in planning a wedding date), the average high for July in Connecticut is 84 degrees and the average low is 63-65 degrees.
Here is what the NWS forecast is saying about the coming week, when a cold front is expected to come through.
“We could be looking at a nearly identical pattern to earlier this week of storminess, followed by cooler and drier conditions as another double barrel cold front will be approaching and moving through our area during the early part of the work week,” according to the National Weather Service’s long term forecast for Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 18.
As of Friday, July 11, the early part of the week is calling for highs in the 80s during the day and lows in the 70s or upper 60s at night.
The National Weather Service forecast for Thursday, July 17, calls for the coldest night time temperature of the week, in the upper 50s to lower 60s.So right now, us Nutmeggers don’t need to break out the fall sweaters yet. However, if you’ve been running your AC often, it’s in for a much-needed break.
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