FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With predictions calling for Thursday to be the hottest day yet this week, a heat advisory remains in effect for northern Fairfield County until at least 8 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
The heat wave may not end until Sunday, when a high of 82 degrees is predicted.
The heat advisory has been in effect all week, with temperatures in the 90s. The forecast calls for a high of about 94 degrees on Thursday and 93 degrees on Friday, the weather service said. There is a small chance of showers or a thunderstorm.
Heat index values will approach 100 due to temperatures in the mid-90s and dew points in the upper 60s on Thursday, the weather service said.
An air quality ozone alert is also in place, warning active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, to limit prolonged outdoor exertion, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Active children and adults with respiratory disease, such as asthma, have an increased likelihood of experiencing respiratory symptoms and breathing discomfort due to the elevated ozone levels.
If you are looking for a place to beat the heat, check out traditionally cool spots such as libraries, movie theaters and malls. Call 211 or visit www.211ct.org to find out whether a cooling center has been opened in your town.
Residents should stay indoors or in shade as much as possible. People outdoors in the heat could suffer fatigue, sunstroke, muscle cramps and/or heat exhaustion. To reduce risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends:
- Schedule frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas.
- Slow down and reduce strenuous activities. Reschedule strenuous work for early morning or evening.
- Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded location. If someone is suffering from heat stroke, call 911.
Tips for staying cool from the National Weather Service include:
- Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Drink plenty of water and nonalcoholic and noncarbonated beverages.
- Spend more time in air conditioned places.
- Avoid protein rich meals such as meats that increase metabolic heat production and increase water loss.
- Never leave children, disabled adults or pets in parked cars -- beat the heat, check the back seats
A heat advisory is issued when the combined heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is at least 95 degrees for two consecutive days or if heat index values reach 100 to 104.
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