The siege of hot, humid weather that gripped southwestern Connecticut all last week has eased, and with today's cloudy skies -- and likely showers -- the temperature is not expected to rise much higher than 80 degrees.

Instead of punishingly hot and unhealthy air, today's weather headline is expected to be rain -- and possible thunderstorms -- according to the National Weather Service. Odds of precipitation are rated at about 60 percent this afternoon and at night.

The daytime high temperature will be about 80 degrees, the NWS says, and the nighttime low will be 70 degrees, the NWS says.

Depending on the amount of precipitation, the NWS says there could be minor coastal flooding overnight from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. tomorrow.

More showers also are likely tomorrow -- and possibly thunderstorms -- as the high temperature rise to the low-80s under cloudy skies. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Tomorrow night odds of precipitation remain 60 percent as the low temperature registers in the upper-60s.

On Wednesday, skies will be partly sunny and the high temperature will be in the mid-80s. There is, however, a 20 percent chance of precipitation, the NWS says. Night skies will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-60s.

Thursday also should be partly sunny, with a high temperature of about 80 degrees. Nighttime will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the low-60s.

The outlook for Friday, according to the weather service, is partly sunny and temperature about 80 degrees.