As residents and repair crews continue with a massive cleanup campaign in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the work today will take place under bright but chilly skies.

On the horizon, however, looms a coastal storm that could buffet the already storm-ravaged shoreline regions of southwestern Connecticut with heavy rain and gusty winds overnight Wednesday into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, meanwhile, under mostly sunny skies, the daytime high temperature is expected to rise to the upper-40s. There will be a north wind 7 to 13 mph.

Tonight will be clear with the temperature falling to a low in the mid-20s. There will be a north wind 5 to 9 mph.

Tuesday -- Election Day -- will be sunny, with a high temperature near 45 degrees. Nighttime will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the low-30s, the NWS says.

On Wednesday, rain is likely, mainly after 2 p.m., as skies turn cloudy and the temperature reaches a high in the mid-40s. It will be windy, with a northeast wind 17 to 22 mph, increasing to 24 to 29 mph in the afternoon -- and gusts nearly as high as 50 mph, the weather service warns in its hazardous weather outlook. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Rain continues Wednesday night, with a low temperature in the upper-30s. High winds also are possible, with the chance of precipitation rated about 80 percent, the NWS says.

On Thursday, more rain is likely as cloudy conditions continue and the temperature rises to a high in the upper-40s. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. There remains a chance of precipitation Thursday night, as the temperature dips to a low in the upper-30s. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

The outlook for Friday, according to the weather service, is mostly sunny and temperatures in the low-50s.