'Dangerous' heat wave on way, meteorologist warns

Published on Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:22
Written by LISA BACKUS


Central Connecticut is heading into the first heat wave of the season with temperatures expected to top out at 100 degrees on Sunday and Monday.

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

Temperatures will reach into the 90s today and Saturday but the humidity will remain low, DePrest said. Sunday and Monday, however, the temperature is expected to reach 100 degrees, he said.

Combined with high humidity, 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 exceed 90 degrees until Thursday making it a seven-day heat wave or longer, DePrest said. In order to be considered a heat wave, the temperature must hit 90 degrees or more for three consecutive days.

The state could have a shot at matching or breaking the two record 10-day heat waves that occurred in 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 during the hot weather.

According to the Bristol Mayor’s Office, the Bristol Public Library will be open as a cooling center. Their hours of operations are Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Residents who need to get out of the heat can call 211 to find an open cooling center, said Gov. Dannel Malloy, who issued a statement 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 cannot be brought inside have access to plenty of water and shade, said DESPP Commissioner Dora Schriro.

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

Other tips include don’t block airflow to air conditioning units and seal cracks in your home to keep cool air from escaping.

The good news is that the area received about two inches of rainfall Wednesday night into Thursday morning, before the heat wave is forecasted to hit, 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 The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:22. Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:25.