An ‘Excessive Heat Warning’ will be in effect from noon Friday, July 19 through 8 p.m., Sunday, July 21.
By Ronni Newton
As the Hartford area prepares for several days of sweltering heat and humidity, with heat index values ranging from 95 degrees to as high as 112 degrees, the West Hartford Fire Department has been sharing Public Safety Announcements through social media, with tips on how to handle the heat and how to know when to seek medical attention.
Fire Chief Greg Priest said he is hopeful that as many people as possible see the messages and follow protocols to ensure their safety, and the safety of their family members, friends and neighbors, and pets.
“Residents may take refuge at our public libraries, senior centers, town pools, and splash pads,” Town Manager Matt Hart said in his report to the Town Council Tuesday night. Information about hours and locations can be found on the Leisure Services webpage. Westfarms Mall is another air-conditioned location which is open to the public, Hart said.
“We ask that residents remember to check on elderly neighbors,” added Hart.
According to the National Weather Service, an Excessive Heat Warning will go into effect at noon on Friday, July 19, and will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21.
The Heat Index on Friday is expected to range from 95-100 degrees, and on Saturday and Sunday is expected to range from 107-112 degrees. Air temperature Friday should be in the upper 80s and low 90s, and on Saturday and Sunday highs of 96-102 degrees are predicted.
Overnight temperatures are not expected to fall below the mid-70s. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity levels can create a dangerous situation for extended exposure, particularly for the elderly, young, and those who are not in good health.
The West Hartford Police and Fire departments will be fully staffed and prepared to respond to any emergencies, including heat-related emergencies. Anyone with questions can call the non-emergency line at 860-523-5203, and if there is an emergency call 9-1-1.
Town offices have been conserving energy by turning off equipment and air conditioning at the end of each workday, Hart said in his report.
The PSAs that have recently been issued can be found above and below.
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