Heat Wave

August 11, 2021

Over the next few days Connecticut is expected to experience extreme temperatures that have prompted heat advisories from the National Weather Service through Wednesday. For immediate relief from the heat, dial 2-1-1 or click here to find a cooling center near you.

While extreme heat can put us all at risk for certain illnesses, especially heat exhaustion and heat stroke, some vulnerable populations 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 with pre-existing medical conditions, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, including medications for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.
In these extreme temperatures, it’s important to stay cool and stay safe. Here are some tips to help manage the extreme heat.
  • 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. (Call 2-1-1 for a list of cooling centers).
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk several times a day.
  • Pets that cannot be brought indoors should be provided ready access to water and shade to keep them cool. 
  • Drink at least 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.

 During periods of extreme heat, cooling centers are opened to provide a place to cool off for members of the community especially those most impacted by extreme heat. Visit the United Way 211 website to find a cooling center near you.

Please make sure you are staying cool, hydrated and safe during these extra hot summer days. Check in on loved-ones and neighbors who you think may need a little extra help. And as always, if you or someone you know needs any extra assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.