Monday might mark the last 80 degree day here in Connecticut for the remainder of 2014. After looking at some long-term models, we cool down starting Tuesday all the way through the middle of next week. But how rare is it to get 80 degree days here along the shoreline late into October? Not that rare as a matter of fact. I looked through some archive data, the shoreline has gotten an 80 degree as late as October 19th, this was back in 1963. Another interesting find; From October 1 through October 19, there has been a recorded 80 degree day on the CT shoreline everyday other than October 7,16,17,18. Interesting considering the fact that our last day in which the average maximum high is above 80 for the shoreline is all the way back on August 27.
What else is there to look forward to here on the shoreline? The average date for the first frost is October 19, which is just a few weeks away. How about snow? Funny you should ask, back in 1987 on October 4, parts of the shoreline received .5 inches of snow. This was the earliest recorded snowfall for the CT shoreline.
If you are more interested in fall foliage rather than snow, check this article out!
-Meteorologist Kevin Arnone