80 degrees?

After weeks when the daytime high temperature struggled to rise much above the freezing mark, and blustery winds made things feel chillier, southwestern Connecticut will "spring" into the seasonal frying pan with temperatures cresting near 80 degrees.

The National Weather Service also warns that relatively low humidity and breezy conditions today will enhance the threat of brush fires.

Skies will be sunny today as the temperature rises toward the 80-degree mark, with a wind 6 to 16 mph becoming northwest in the morning.

Tonight, however, there is a chance of showers, mainly in tomorrow's early-morning hours. The low temperature will be in the low-50s, with a northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of overnight precipitation is 40 percent, the NWS says.

Tomorrow, there is a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible, after noontime as the temperature rises to a high in the mid-70s. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Showers remain possible tomorrow night, mainly before 10 p.m., with a low temperature in the low-50s. Chance of nighttime precipitation is 50 percent.

On Thursday, there is a chance of rain or drizzle under cloudy skies and temperatures cooling off to a high in the upper-50s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday night brings a 60 percent chance of rain or drizzle as the overnight low registers in the upper-40s. Chance of overnight precipitation is 60 percent.

On Friday, rain is likely -- heavy at times -- with a high temperature in the mid-50s. Chance of daytime precipitation is 80 percent. Rain also is possible Friday night as the temperature dips to a low of about 40 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

The outlook for Saturday, according to the weather service, is sunny and temperatures in the 50s.