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NWS Heat Advisory in Effect, Increased Risk for Seniors and Those with Chronic Health Problems

Report by Paula Antolini, August 19, 2019, 1:43PM EDT

The National Weather Service has issued a HEAT ADVISORY for Bethel, CT, that remains in effect until 8PM EST this evening.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…95 to 100.

* TIMING…Through 8 PM this evening.

* 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…

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at an increased risk. Homes without air conditioning can be much hotter than outdoor temperatures. 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 find a NYC cooling center, call 311 or visit http://nyc.gov/oem

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.

Hot and humid weather continues through today. Highs are forecast in the upper 80s to lower 90s with heat indices for many locations near 95 to 100. Eastern Long Island is expected to be slightly cooler with heat indices in the lower 90s there.

Showers and thunderstorms develop today into early this evening as a cold front moves closer and within the region. The front is expected to weaken this evening and will move south of Long Island overnight. Expecting the shower and thunderstorm activity to diminish late this evening into overnight.

The airmass will be a little less hot and humid Tuesday but highs are still expected to reach mid 80s to near 90 with heat indices into the lower 90s. Mainly dry conditions are anticipated but there could be a shower or thunderstorm along a developing sea breeze with a greater chance of showers and thunderstorms heading into Tuesday night with the approach of a wave of low pressure.

The showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast for midweek along with an increase in humidity with highs in the mid 80s to near 90.

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Detailed Forecast

This Afternoon

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 95. Southwest wind around 7 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 64. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 57.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 78.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

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