Special to the Herald
NEW BRITAIN - The year’s first heat wave has hit central Connecticut, with temperatures topping 90 on Sunday and Monday and the same possible today.
The city has services available to help residents until cooler weather moves in on Wednesday.
The New Britain Senior Center and New Britain Public Library are serving as public cooling centers.
The library is at 20 High St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The senior center, at 55 W. Pearl St., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Several splash pads have been open since Memorial Day. They are at A.W. Stanley Park, 2159 Stanley St.; Chesley Park, 35 Wildwood St.; and at 43 Willow St.
The splash pads are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free. Bathing suits and parent supervision are recommended.
Pools will open for the season Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m.
The pools are open from 1 to 4:45 p.m. and from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Only swimsuits are allowed to be worn in the pools.
Daily admission is $4 for adults 18 and up, $3 for children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under.
Family passes for the season are $50, while individual summer passes are $30.
More information can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department’s summer brochure, available on the city’s website.
Forecasters say temperatures will remain in the 90s until Wednesday, when a cool front should move through, causing temperatures to dip into the 80s with a breeze.
Experts suggest taking precautions as children and the elderly are extremely sensitive to extreme heat.
The Red Cross offers the following tips for avoiding heatstroke:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Sunscreen and a hat are recommended for anyone who plans to be outdoors for an extended time on hot days.
• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
• Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning,
• Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
• Don’t leave pets outside in the direct sun. Always be sure they have plenty of cool water.
The signs of heat exhaustion include: dizziness, headache, confusion, vomiting, fatigue and fainting.
The heat can also take a toll on vehicles.
AAA’s six tips for readying your vehicle for the heat include securing your battery in place, making sure it works properly and cleaning corrosive buildup in its terminals, inflating tires, replacing fluids, and having an emergency kit ready.