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A heat wave is settling over us

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Remember that great old Martha Reeves and the Vandellas song, “Heat Wave.” She compares the heat to love. Try to focus on that instead of how hot you are.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for today, and advises those with breathing difficulties and the elderly especially to stay in air-conditioned homes and buildings.

Several communities including Milford, Fairfield and Stamford have opened special “cooling centers” where residents without air conditioning may relax. A list of the sites is here.

The Heat Index, a measure that considers temperature and humidity, hit 98 in Bridgeport at 11 a.m. today, said WTNH forecaster Steve McLaughlin. The mercury stood at 88 degrees.

Metro North Railroad officials said at 11:30 a.m. that trains are delayed because of the heat. High temperatures affect the overhead catenary system, causing trains to operate at reduced speeds, officials said.

The pattern of hot, sticky weather will be hanging around for awhile, with daytime highs all week 90 or above, and overnight lows in the 70s.

There will be several great beach days this week, and if you are on vacation you picked a good week to spend at the shore. Little or no rain is forecast but humidity could be a problem, forecasters say.

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  • Today: Sunny, with a high near 95. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. North wind around 6 mph.
  • Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 94. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
  • Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Light and variable wind.
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. North wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73.
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.
  • Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
  • Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
  • Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
  • Some safety tips from the American Red Cross here: heat
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Frank Juliano

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