Heat wave on way for weekend and beyond

Published on Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:25
Written by LISA BACKUS


Central Connecticut is heading into its first heat wave of the season, with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees on Sunday and Monday.

“We’re talking dangerous heat,” said WFSB-TV3 meteorologist Bruce DePrest. “This is nothing to mess around with.”

Temperatures will soar into the 90s today and Saturday, but the humidity will remain low, DePrest said.

Sunday and Monday, however, will be a different story.

With high humidity factored in, it will feel like it’s 105 to 110 degrees, he said.

“Sunday and Monday will be dangerous heat,” DePrest said. “The last time we hit 100 degrees was July 18, 2012.”

The temperature is expected to top 90 degrees until Thursday, DePrest said. In order to be considered a heat wave, the temperature must reach 90 degrees for three straight days.

The state could have a shot at matching or breaking the two record 10-day heat waves of 1995 and 2016. Both of those started in late July, DePrest said.

“We can expect heat advisories, heat warnings and air quality alerts for Sunday and Monday,” DePrest said. He advised people to make sure pets and children are not left in cars.

New Britain officials advised residents to take advantage of the city’s two pools and two splash pads, which will be open over the weekend. The New Britain Senior Center and New Britain Public Library act as cooling centers but are not open on Sundays or holidays unless asked to by Mayor Erin Stewart during an emergency.

Residents who need to get out of the heat can call 2-1-1 to find an open cooling center, said Gov. Dannel Malloy who issued a statement about the heat wave Thursday.

“Excessively high temperatures can be dangerous for people’s health, especially among the elderly, young children and those who work outdoors,” Malloy said. “Drink lots of water, stay in the shade and please keep an eye on those who are at greatest risk.”

Officials at the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection are advising people to stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and limit outdoor activity to early morning and evening.

Check on people who are at high risk several times a day and make sure pets that can not be brought inside have access to plenty of water and shade, said Commissioner Dora Schriro.

Eversource recommends that people keep air conditioners at a moderate temperature during the day rather than cranking them up after work, which uses more electricity.

The good news is that the area received about 2 inches of rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning, DePrest said.

“June has been a dry month and now we are heading into July,” he said.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, Southington Herald on Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:25. Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:28.