The highest temperatures today occurred right at the beaches. It got to 95F at Groton-New London, Sikorsky, and 96F at New Haven. Yuck. Even at the mouth of the Thames River at Ledge Light there was only temporary relief.
The reason has everything to do with the wind direction. A weak land breeze was just strong enough to keep the sea breeze at bay for most of the day. The sea breeze definitely tried though. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. the sea breeze kicked in at Ledge Light and temperatures fell from near 90 into the low 80s.
By 1 p.m. the sea breeze was done and winds picked up out of the north and temperatures spiked to 92 degrees.
I see sea breezes in our future tomorrow so there will be some relief after a pretty brutal day on the Sound.