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Are Colder Temps Heading Connecticut’s Way?

Packed away your blankets? Might want to take at least one of them out. Also, everything you ever wanted to know about the polar vortex, but were afraid to ask.

Don't break out the fall or winter gear for the beach yet, Connecticut. Photo by Upsilon Andromedae, via flickr creative commons
Don't break out the fall or winter gear for the beach yet, Connecticut. Photo by Upsilon Andromedae, via flickr creative commons

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.


(If you're having trouble viewing the dose of comic relief attached to this article depicting what the Twitterati are saying about the phrase "polar vortex," click here to access it directly.)
Sandra July 12, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Not global warming? Oh it's climate change now? No combat soldiers sent back to Iraq? Oh they are "advisors" with weapons putting their lives in harms way. Just keep changing the language and low information voters suck it up.
Tootie July 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM
A welcome relief for this Nutmegger. No A/C.....yippee...
JackR July 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM
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Kevin July 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Impeach"the mistake,in 08"!!! The insolent man with a phone and a pen,the one and only "manchild in chief",the boy king

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