August lies in the hot summer of Connecticut, with long periods of clear skies and sunshine. The mercury column is in the average range of 57°F (13.9°C) to 84°F (28.9°C) with long days and high humidity. Norwich and Stamford in the coastal area register slightly higher temperatures than the interior, between 61°F (16.1°C) to 84°F (28.9°C). Light to moderate showers occur in the majority of the state but rarely last for long periods. Hilly areas and lakes provide refreshingly cold conditions and serve as weekend getaways and picnic spots. The mild ocean waters serve as a source of clams and lobsters as well as thermal regulators. Expect the temperatures to decrease by the fourth week of August steadily. A neat idea to beat the summer heat is to visit the local casinos. Aquariums and museums provide plenty of indoor amusement during the hot afternoons. The weather is anything but constant, yet springs a surprise now and then. Light summer clothing is best in August in Connecticut.