The hot temperatures on Friday were only the beginning. Predictors warn that temperatures in the 90s will last until the weekend, and when combined with humidity, could feel like the low 100s.
On Friday afternoon, temperatures dropped just under 90 degrees before dropping off. Much of Connecticut should see temperatures in the low 90s on Saturday and even higher on Sundays – closer to 100 degrees, some predictions show.
On Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued excessive heat monitoring for most of Connecticut, provided that the heat index, a measure of the true feel of the temperatures, could be close to 105 degrees. The clock runs from Sunday morning to Monday evening.
In front of the impressive temperatures this weekend, officials in cities across Connecticut have opened cooling centers to give the residents some warmth.
"Summer is officially here and with It's finally getting sunshine, but also very hot weather," said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin on Friday. "You can already feel the hot weather today and it will get hotter and hotter in the next few days."
Temperatures will last at least until July 4, but could fall closer to 90 degrees in the '90s
"Please be aware of the risk of heat outbreaks, dehydration and if you can not try in the high season Sun, "said Bronin.
The Weather Service said three or more consecutive days of 90-degree temperatures are what would be needed
Along with three library branches, the Asylum Hill Congregation Church will also be available to people Stand to get out of the heat, Hartin Brand Chief Reginald Freeman said discouraging residents to open hydrants to cool down given the dangers that it has for people on the street.
Government officials warned residents against taking precautionary measures before temperatures rose.
"Excessive temperatures can be dangerous to human health, especially among the elderly, young children, and people working outdoors," Governor Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement. "Drink plenty of water, stay in the shade and watch out for those who are most at risk."
Malloy told residents that they should call the 2-1-1 hotline if they seek a cooling center refuge during the day. He also reminded people to stay hydrated.
"Everyone should take the necessary precautions when temperatures rise this summer," said the Department of Emergency Services and the Commissioner for Public Protection, Dora Schiro, in a statement. "A few simple steps can make a real difference when it comes to reducing heat problems, especially for the elderly, the very young, and people with respiratory problems who are more prone to the effects of high temperatures." Thousands will probably descend again state, ponds, lakes and beaches due to the heatwave, but the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said four are closed because of high levels of bacteria.
These closed beach resorts include Rocky Neck State Park at Niantic, Gardner Lake State Park at Salem, Kettletown State Park at Southbury, and Mashamoquet Brook State Park at Pomfret, officials said. They will all be retested on Friday and the results will be available on Saturday.
DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said that some spots will not have lifeguards because of a lack in the area.
"With the first major heat wave beginning today, it is understandable that residents camp outside, swimming, boating, and enjoying the hot summer weather." Klee said in a Statemnet, "When you're in bathing areas, parents should Keep an eye on children, and swimmers should be honest with their own swimming skills before getting into the water. "
Those who choose to stay at home are likely to heat fans and air conditioners and use more electricity than usual. Eversource said it was ready for increased demand during the heatwave and the rest of the summer.
"We are preparing well for the summer months to ensure that our system can handle the additional power needs of a heatwave," said Eversource president of regional electrical operations Craig Hallstrom.