There will a sharp -- although brief -- change in the balmy weather of the last few weeks as a cold front is swept across southwestern Connecticut later today by strong winds.

The National Weather Service says that skies today will be sunny and the daytime high temperature will rise to the mid-50s.

But there will be a north wind 10 to 13 mph, later increasing to between 23 and 26 mph -- and gusts possibly as high as 38 mph.

Tonight should be clear, with the temperature tumbling below the freezing mark for the first time in days -- hitting a low around 25 degrees. There will be a north wind between 15 and 18 mph, with gusts that still could be as high as 28 mph.

Tomorrow should be sunny, with a high temperature in the upper-40s and a north wind between 15 and 17 mph. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-30s, the NWS says.

On Wednesday, there is a chance of showers, mainly after noon. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 52 degrees. There remains a chance of showers Wednesday night as clouds continue to prevail and the low temperature registers in the mid-40s.

The outlook for Thursday, according to the weather service, is for partly sunny skies and a high temperature in the low-50s.