EARLY WARNING WEATHER ALERT: Dangerous heat, humidity continues today

Head Advisory in effect until tomorrow night
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 7:31 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2022 at 2:04 PM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The dangerous combination of heat and humidity is expected to continue on Friday.

The National Weather Service’s heat advisory for the entire state remained in place.

Channel 3 also issued an Early Warning Weather Alert that it extended through the weekend.

An air quality alert was also issued for the shoreline 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday.

“The forecast remains on track for hot and steamy weather [Friday] afternoon,” said meteorologist Scot Haney. “Later [Friday] afternoon, we’re expecting the numbers to climb into the low-90s in inland Connecticut, and right around 90 for the shoreline.”

Since the humidity should also be higher than Thursday, heat index values, or what it “feels like,” may head to above 100 degrees.

Gov. Ned Lamont enacted Connecticut’s extreme hot weather protocol, which allows state and local agencies to work together to get vulnerable people out of the heat. Anyone in need of a cooling center can dial 2-1-1 or head to 211ct.org and the United Way can help find a location.

“There will also be a chance for isolated to scattered thunderstorms as a weak cold front moves into the region and dissipates,” Haney said. “Those that develop will be capable of producing heavy rain since the atmosphere is loaded with moisture. They’ll also be slow moving, so poor drainage flooding could be an issue.”

The humid air should stick around through the weekend.

“[Saturday], there will be a mix of sun and clouds with just a slight chance for an isolated afternoon/evening thunderstorm,” Haney said.

Temperatures should peak between 85 and 90 degrees.

Sunday looks dry.

“With a brighter sky, temps head back into the low and mid-90s,” Haney said. “With the high humidity, heat index values could again reach or exceed the century mark!”

The next chance for significant rain appears to be Tuesday into Wednesday.

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