Many schools dismissing early again Tuesday due to heat; how to stay cool during the heat advisory


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Many school districts across Connecticut are announcing early dismissals due to the heat advisory in effect again Tuesday.

The heat advisory is in effect in Hartford, Tolland, and Windham counties through 8 p.m. Tuesday. The heat index is predicted to hit 98 or 99 degrees.

To view a full list of early dismissals statewide, click here.

Below is previous coverage on the Heat Advisory and early dismissal from schools in Connecticut. Also below is information on how to stay safe and cool in extreme heat.

Several school districts across the state dismissed students early Monday due to the heat. They want to make sure everyone keeps cool during the extreme heat.

The heat advisory Monday affected Hartford and Tolland Counties, which will be in effect until 8 p.m. Monday. Storm Team 8 said temperatures are expected to reach as high as the 90s. It will be humid, with a chance of afternoon rain and possible storms.

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The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is providing tips for students and all residents on how to stay safe and cool in the extreme heat.

Stay Cool:

Emergency officials want to make sure you keep your body cool to avoid heat-related illness.

Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible, do not rely on just a fan as your primary cooling source.

Avoid direct sunlight if you can. If you have to be outside, do your best to limit activity to the morning and evening. And, rest in the shade so that your body can get a chance to cool off. Try to wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Take cool showers or baths.

Our furry friends need to keep cool too! Have water and shade available to them, especially if they cannot be brought indoors.

The United Way has a list of cooling centers that residents can go cool down. You can also call 211.

Stay Hydrated:

Be sure to drink more water than you usually do, and remind others to do so. Get a head start; don’t wait until you’re thirsty to take a sip.

Officials say it’s important to keep drinking water to replenish the fluids your body loses through sweat.

Be sure to avoid drinks with high amounts of sugar.

Stay Safe:

Make sure the people around you are keeping cool and are staying healthy.

Check on your neighbors, especially older people, young children, and those with respiratory illnesses. Make sure they can stay cool in their homes and are drinking water.

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