July was unusually hot across the Northeast, with average temperatures as much as 6 degrees above normal, with some areas having its hottest July on record.
With 19 days of 90-degrees days, Hartford temperatures averaged 4.6 degrees above average. That made Hartford’s hottest July on record.
An average July in Hartford has seven days when temperatures are 90 or above.
Boston and Portland, Maine also had their hottest July with temperature between 5.3 and 4 degrees above average, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center.
“In all, 32 of the 35 major climate sites on the Northeast ranked July 2019 among their 20 all-time warmest months on record, with 22 of those sites ranking it among their 10 all-time warmest.
Bridgeport had its third warmest July. Its average temperature of 78.3 degrees was 4 degrees hotter than normal.
Helped mainly by thunderstorms that dumped several inches of rain, Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford had its fourth wettest July. The 7.57 inches of rain measured at Sikorsky was 219 percent above normal - the most across the Northeast.
Hartford missed many of those soaking thunderstorms. It’s 3.13 inches of rainfall only 75 percent of normal.
“Despite numerous days with severe thunderstorms during July, there were only five tornadoes, well below the Northeast’s (1989-2013) average of 13,” according to the climate center. “Last month’s tornadoes included an EF-0 on July 6 and an EF-1 on July 11, both in Mount Laurel, N.J., as well as three rare (EF-1) tornadoes on July 23 on Cape Cod, Mass.”
So far this month, temperatures are averaging around 2 degrees above normal.
Every day this month, daytime highs have been in the 80s.
The National Weather Service says temperatures will remain slightly above normal with an increasing chance of showers mid-week.
High pressure building in briefly from the north today will provide more sunlight with temperatures in low to mid 80s.
Clouds increase tonight into Tuesday with rain returning to the forecast as a warm front approaches and moves into the region. There will be a chance for showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms tonight with a chance for showers and thunderstorms again on Tuesday.
Showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast going into the middle of the week with a low pressure system moving into the region.
Highs are expected to be slightly above normal for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light southeast wind.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind 3 to 6 mph.
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. South wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.