Heat wave Day 1: Excessive Heat Warning, bad air day
With high humidity and temperatures expected to soar into the upper 90s, Connecticut is under an Excessive Heat Warning.
On Friday, it will feel like 95 to 104 degrees. On Saturday, it will even warmer.
The National Weather Service says the extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The excessive heat may quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke. Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at-risk population who cannot stay cool. The excessive heat may quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke.
The warning is in effect from noon Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday.
To make matters worse there is also an Air Quality Alert because ozone levels are expected to rise.
The NWS ays “air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases, and the especially the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.”
Just before 5 a.m. Friday, temperatures were 65 degrees in Oxford, 68 in Danbury and 70 in Bridgeport, New Haven and Middletown. Humidity levels were low along the shoreline, but as high as 97 percent inland.
Tempertures and humidity will steadily rise throughout the day with a peak heat index of 98 degrees around 4 p.m., according the the NWS hourly forecast.
On Saturday, it will feel like 93 degrees at 10 a.m. Highest heat indexes between 102 and 105 degrees are expected between 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday.
On Thursday, Danbury had a record high of 91 degrees. It was the first 90-degree for Danbury his month.The 91 degrees, however, did not break the record of 96 degrees set in 2012.
Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks had a high of 96 degrees on Thursday - its eleventh 90-degree day this month. Those high temps have pushed July’s average temperature at 78.3 degrees - nearly 5 degrees above average.
Along the shoreline, New Haven hit 91 degrees, its third 90-degree day of the month. New Haven average July temperature is nearly 4 degrees above normal.
Groton/New London Airport hit 89 degrees on Thursday.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Heat index values as high as 96. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west after midnight.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 103. West wind 6 to 9 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. West wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. West wind 3 to 7 mph.
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.