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Friday thunderstorms could cool things down

After two days of hot and hazy temperatures in the 90s, some relief could come Friday in the form of afternoon showers and thunderstorms leading to severe storms in the area Friday night before cooler weather moves back into the area.

Friday’s various forecasts include a high ranging from 86 to 91 in the Weston area on Friday, after the mercury reached 97 here on Thursday, the hottest day in more than a year. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin Friday after noon and bring a tenth to a quarter inch of rain, possibly more with thunderstorms.

More showers and thunderstorms are likely Friday night, before midnight, according to the National Weather Service, which says “some of the storms could be severe.” Evening rainfall totals could be between a quarter and half inch. Friday’s low could drop below 70.

Also on Friday, the state Department of Environmental and Energy Department issued an “air quality action day” for southern Fairfield County. This means that ground level ozone within the region may approach unhealthy standards.

The weather service had issued heat advisories on Wednesday and Thursday as the heat index was more than 100 both days. Here in Darien, residents cooled off at the beaches and library, which served as a cooling center and stayed open until 9. It is open until 6 on Friday.

More thunderstorms could occur Saturday morning, according to the weather service, the days becomes sunny with a high near 81. Saturday night’s low is around 64. Sunday’s high is forecast to be near 82 with a chance of showers Sunday night.

Monday’s high, as of Friday, was expected to be 76, with another chance of showers.

More info: ct.gov/deep

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