5:44 PM Update: BDL has set a record high of 79 degrees this afternoon. BDR set a new record of 68 degrees today!
BDL reached 72 degrees Sunday afternoon, setting a new record high for the date. The previous record of 71 didn’t get that much of a chance to gloat – it was just set last year. Speaking of recent records being broken, BDL is a cinch to take out today’s record high of 73 set just 2 years ago. As of this writing, their temperature at 1 PM is 71. Another “back door” cold front arrives this evening from northeast to southwest. Note the streamline panel (lower left) of the NAM showing south winds meeting northeast winds along this front from southwestern MA down into northeastern CT and RI at 00Z/7 PM EDT. It does not appear that this back door front will pack the same punch as the last one. It will tend to wash out after coming through, so it will probably only be a few degrees cooler tomorrow. When highs are dropping into the low 70′s behind a cold front in March, it’s kind of the laughingstock of cold fronts. Highs will stay mainly in the 60′s (at best) along the coast with an onshore flow over the next few days. Some areas of fog will develop toward Tuesday morning. Lows overnight mostly between 43-49, but it will take all night to get down there. Tuesdaynight some low clouds will form, with lows 47-54. Any early low cloudiness will again give way to developing sunshine Wednesday, with highs in the 70′s to about 80 Wednesday (record high at BDL is 82 from 1921). Same story Wednesday night with some low clouds/patchy fog late, then becoming sunny Thursday. With 850 millibar temps headed for +13 degrees Celsius Thursday and more of a westerly component to the wind, I would think we should get into the low 80′s! The record high for BDL is 75 degrees Thursday (1948), so I expect another record to be set then. That means BDL will see at least 3 record highs this week! Temps will cool late in the week. Highs will stay in the 60′s Friday and 50′s Saturday.