It’s as hot as Hades.
Today, we’re hitting the peak of the heat wave we’ve been suffering through all week.
By 2 p.m., the temperature was already 94 degrees in New Haven, 92 degrees in Bridgeport and 91 in Danbury.
With the high level of humidity, that pushes the heat index to 104 in New Haven, 103 in Bridgeport and 97 in Danbury.
It’s expected temperatures – and the heat index – will be higher later in the day. For the latest temperatures and weather observations across Connecticut, click here.
As you would expect, a heat advisory is in effect through 8 p.m. today. A heat advisory is issued if the heat index value reaches between 100 and 104 degrees.
“If no protective action is taken, initial impacts include fatigue, sunstroke, muscle cramps and/or heat exhaustion,” the National Weather Services says.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.
Please, take it easy today and know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
PALE WITH COOL…MOIST SKIN OR HOT…DRY SKIN.
ELEVATED BODY TEMPERATURE OF 100 DEGREES AND INCREASED PULSE RATE.
LOSS OF APPETITE…NAUSEA.
UNCONSCIOUSNESS OR ABNORMAL MENTAL STATUS SUCH AS DIZZINESS…CONFUSION…HALLUCINATIONS…OR COMA.
FLUSHED…HOT…DRY SKIN OR COLD…CLAMMY SKIN.
ELEVATED BODY TEMPERATURE OF 105 DEGREES OR MORE.
An air quality alert is in effect to 11 p.m., for southern Fairfield and New Haven counties with expected high levels of ozone.
There’s good news in the forecast: The heat wave is expected to end Saturday.
Here’s the forecast:
Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 101. West wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 100. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
On Long Island Sound:
A great day to hit the beach, but be sure to bring that beach umbrella, sunscreen and plenty of water!
Unfortunately, a sewage spill has closed Cummings and West beaches in Stamford.
SW winds around 5 kt. Seas 1 ft or less. Scattered showers and tstms late.
Water temperature: 75.9 degrees.
UV index: 9 (very high)
Tides: High, around 8 p.m. Low: Around 1:30 pm.
Here is the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection beach report.
If you’re heading to New York City, expect extremely hot conditions.
The National Weather Service explains …
“Have you heard about the “urban heat island” effect? Or have you noticed that it consistently seems to be a few degrees warmer in and around NYC than it is elsewhere? That’s because urban areas are much better at capturing and retaining incoming heat from the sun. It’s also why some of the worst conditions during this heat wave have been experienced in NYC and surrounding urban areas. Check out the graphic for more info on how this process works.”