Severe storms and large hail possible today in CT

After another day of extreme temperatures and high humidity from this week’s heat wave, parts of Connecticut are under a severe thunderstorm through Friday evening, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Fairfield and New Haven counties until 11 p.m. Friday. Meteorologists warned of hailstones that could be as large as ping-pong balls, scattered wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour, and the possibility of frequent lightning.

Around midday Friday, the weather service said He said there will be a slight risk of severe thunderstorms For the northern and western parts of the state. These storms are expected to continue into the late afternoon and early evening.

Heat warnings remain in effect through Friday night for most of Connecticut except Litchfield County and part of the southeast coast.

Gov. Ned Lamont earlier this week extended the state’s extreme hot weather protocol through Friday, after initially activating the protocol through Thursday evening. This measure allows state and local officials to coordinate information about cooling centers through United Way 211. A list of available cooling centers is available on the United Way website.

Several Connecticut schools announced they will again conduct early dismissal on Friday amid the high temperatures. Some students and teachers said the conditions could make it difficult to concentrate.

Friday is expected to see partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies, with temperatures ranging from the low 80s in the Southeast to around 90 in other parts of the state. Heat index values, a measure that combines air temperature and humidity level, are still expected to reach 95 in some parts of north-central and northeastern Connecticut, including the Hartford area.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Friday afternoon, with storm chances increasing in the western part of the state.

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