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NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook: Excessive Heat Watch, Temps in 90s

Report by Paula Antolini, July 18, 2019, 7:40AM EDT

According to the National Weather Service there is an Excessive Heat Watch that remains in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening for these areas: Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-Northern New London-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-Southern Middlesex-Southern New London-Northwestern Suffolk-Northeastern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-Southeastern Suffolk-Northern Nassau-Southern Nassau.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Up to 108 due to temperatures in the mid 90s, and dewpoints in the mid 70s.

* TIMING…12 pm Saturday through 10 pm.

* IMPACTS…Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at-risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

An Excessive Heat Watch means that the combination of heat and humidity could create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.

When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.

Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at increased risk. Homes without air conditioning can be much hotter than outdoors.

Use air conditioning to stay cool at home or go to a place that has air conditioning. Check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! In cases of heat stroke call 911.

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Detailed Forecast

Today

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. East wind 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 99. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. West wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. West wind 5 to 8 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

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