PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be aware of your surroundings.
What to expect:
HEAT INDEX VALUES of 95 to 104. Late Tuesday morning through early Tuesday evening and again late Wednesday morning into early Wednesday evening.
Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.
Seek a cool place to spend your time an air-conditioned eatery; the library; the mall; or the Community Center.
Be sure to keep your pets safe by:
• Not leaving them outdoors during this oppressive heat wave
• Never leaving them in a car, even with the windows cracked.
• Giving them plenty of water, even if they are indoor pets
Be prepared to give your children a cool drink or treat after school, especially if they don’t have air conditioning in their classroom.
Check on the welfare of elderly or ill neighbors and offer to help them if necessary.
Think about your mail carrier and leave a cold bottle of water outside in a cooler or insulated bag.
Over the past couple of decades we’ve learned that tornadoes are not limited to the midwest.
You never know, it could happen anywhere.
On July 10, 1989 around 4:40 p.m. Mohawk Mountain ski area was devastated by a tornado, another tornado hit Watertown then an EF-4 tornado ripped through southern Hamden 5:45 p.m.
On June 24, 2010 an EF-1 tornado touched down in Bridgeport around 2:20 p.m. The twister traveled in an east-northeast direction, cutting a swath about 100 yards wide and two-tenths of a mile long.
There is a TORNADO WATCH in effect for several areas of Connecticut, including New Haven and Fairfield counties, until 10 p.m.
There is a chance for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The main threat is damaging winds.
There also is a small chance for large hail and isolated tornadoes.
If the sky turns an ominous green color or if the wind begins to pick up, be smart and head for your basement.