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Air quality alert issued as temps expected to exceed 90

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Friday could end up being the hottest of the week.

As a result, an air quality alert was issued for most of the state except northern Fairfield, Litchfield and Hartford counties from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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"There is also a slight chance for an isolated shower or storm, but much of the state will remain dry," said meteorologist Mark Dixon.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials said this forecast is bad “for sensitive groups.” 

“Over the next two of the three days, we are expecting air quality that will impact children, the elderly and those with respiratory disease such as asthma. It is advised that those people with respiratory and other health problems limit their time outdoors and avoid prolonged strenuous activities or exercise," DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said in a statement on Friday. 

Dixon also said the humidity should gradually drop.

"[Friday] will likely be the hottest day of the week with temperatures reaching the low and middle 90s," said meteorologist Scot Haney. "We're forecasting a high of 94 degrees, but it could go a little higher."

The record high for July 15 in the greater Hartford area is 100 degrees, which was set in 1995. Haney believes that record will remain intact.

"The one exception will be coastal sections of New London County where temperatures will most likely remain in the 80s," he said.

As of 1 p.m., Dixon said temps were in the upper 80s.

He said most of the state was well on its way to the 90s.

The weekend should be dry. However, an isolated shower or thunderstorm can't be ruled out in southern New England.

"Our forecast for the weekend remains on track," Dixon said. "It will be dry both days with seasonably warm temperatures."

"Saturday should be partly sunny and very warm with moderate humidity," Haney said.  "Afternoon highs should range from 85-90 degrees, although 90 may be hard to reach."

Haney said 90 may be a stretch for a high.

Temps will drop into the 50s and 60s by Saturday night.

The humidity also won't be as oppressive.

"Sunday should be partly to mostly sunny and seasonably warm with highs in the middle 80s," Haney said. "The humidity is expected to be fairly low."

Ninety could again be achieved on Monday with some more humid air.

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