A tropical storm moved off the coast of Florida Monday and is expected to track north rapidly, reaching Connecticut by Tuesday afternoon.
Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said the weather Monday will remain hot and sunny, with temperatures in the 90s.
The storm will reach the state by Tuesday afternoon, bringing scattered showers and winds. The winds will not be strong during the morning, but will pick up by 3 p.m., Lessor said.
The central part of the state will see the worst of the storm between 6 p.m. and midnight, with sustained winds between 15 to 25 miles an hour and gusts between 40 to 60 miles an hour, Lessor noted.
The rainfall for eastern Connecticut will not be as much as the western part of the state and eastern New York, Lessor said. Central Connecticut is expected to get between half an inch to an inch and a half of rain, Lessor said. He noted that the storm will not bring relief to the moderate drought the state is currently experiencing. So far, the state is eight inches below normal rainfall this summer, Lessor said.
Temperatures will be between 85 to 90 degrees for the remainder of the week with moderate humidity. This year set a record for the most 90 degree days with 20 so far, Lessor said Monday.
”People are getting sick of the heat,” Lessor said.
The National Weather Service has a tropical storm watch issued for Monday, along with a hazardous weather outlook.