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90-degree temperatures expected for Wednesday

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Temperatures reached the 90 degree mark in some parts of the state on Tuesday, kicking off the possibility of a heat wave.

An air quality alert was also issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in southwestern Connecticut, primarily for southern Fairfield and southern New Haven counties.

DEEP said the alert means that the air may be unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children and adults with respiratory diseases.

On Tuesday afternoon, Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said 90 degree temperatures were spotted in parts of the state.

"In Windsor Locks, the afternoon highs was at least 92 degrees," DePrest said, adding that the dew point dropped in some parts of the state making it slightly more comfortable outside.

"There were only a few isolated showers and thunderstorms in the state. However, one thunderstorm hit Deerfield, Ma. pretty hard with damaging winds," DePrest said.

For it to be considered an official heat wave, the state must see three or more days of 90 degree temperatures.

Cities and towns have prepared cooling centers. A list of available ones can be found here.

For Tuesday night, showers and thunderstorms are expected to dissipate with the setting sun, DePrest said.

"Temperatures will fall back through the 80s this evening," he said. "It’ll be mild and muggy overnight with lows in the 60s to near 70 degrees."

For the rest of the week, temperatures are expected to soar into the middle 90s. The heat index on Wednesday and Thursday could rise close to the 100 degree mark.

On Wednesday, DePrest said we could reach a record.

"The record high for July 29th for the Greater Hartford area is 96 degrees and that record was established a long time ago in 1933," he said.

The risk of storms for Wednesday is low, despite the heat and humidity.

"Thursday should be slightly cooler than tomorrow, but the mercury will still top the 90 degree mark," DePrest said.

A weak cold front is expected to pass through Connecticut Thursday night.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy released the following information:

Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:

  • Infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.
  • People 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.
  • People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.
  • People who overexert during work or exercise may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.
  • People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.

Here are some prevention tips to stay safe in the summertime heat:

  • Stay Cool
  • Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to cool off.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter. (Dial 2-1-1 for a list of cooling centers).  Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

Stay Hydrated. Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

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