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Tuesday, February 20 Weather

Roller coaster weather continues this week

Expect some changeable weather this week from warm, sunny days to moderate rain, even a chance of some patchy frost.

The National Weather Service says “a couple of cold fronts passing through the region will make today cooler than Sunday. It will still be some 10 to 15 degrees above normal though. Expect highs in the upper 60s to around 70 for interior areas.

“Canadian high pressure builds in tonight into Tuesday...bringing dry and more seasonable temperatures to the region. Low temperatures across far outlying areas will likely drop into the 30s tonight. High temperatures on Tuesday should generally run around 60 for the coast to mid 60s across the interior.”

Sunday’s highest temperatures

Highs on Easter Sunday were 83 degrees at White Plains airport near Greenwich, 82 degrees at Danbury and Oxford airports and 78 degrees at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford. The peak temperature of 87 degrees came just after 2 p.m. in New York City’s Central Park - 14 degrees above average.

Sunniest days of the week

Monday and Tuesday are the picks of the week with sunny skies. Monday will be the warmest with a high of 71; Tuesday will be around 10 degrees cooler.

Coldest night of the week

The NWS says there’s a chance of some patchy frost late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning with the best chance in the Danbury and New Milford area.

Cold temperatures are expected around 37 degrees in Danbury and New Milford.

Along the coast in communities like Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Fairfield Tuesday will be the coldest night with a low around 41 degrees.

High fire danger

Like it’s been the last few days, there’s an increased risk of brush and forecast fires because of the combination of warm temperatures, low daytime relative humidity and gusty winds this afternoon at 10 to 20 mph with gusts 25 to 30 mph.

On Sunday evening a cold front brougt a quick burst of moderate rain. Any wet leaves, branches and brush is expected to quickly dry off, leading to the higher risk of brush fires.

More rain expected

Midweek, we’ll see some rain moving in with the best chance for wet weather on Thursday. Up to a half-inch of rain is possible; most welcome for our still abnormally dry conditions.

Total rainfall for the year at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford is 14.52 inches - .90 of an inch above normal.

The forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Light west wind becoming northwest 8 to 13 mph in the morning.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Tuesday: Patchy frost before 8 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of light rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. South wind 5 to 11 mph.

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Wednesday Night: A chance of light rain before midnight, then rain likely, mainly after 4 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Thursday Night: Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Friday: A chance of rain and thunderstorms before noon, then a chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.