NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Summer heat and humidity are sticking around Connecticut this week, with highs in the 90s and a heat index nearing triple digits, prompting Gov. Ned Lamont to extend the state’s extreme hot weather protocol through 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9.

The governor activated the protocol last week and has since extended it twice due to oppressive humidity

Anyone in need of a cooling center can call 211, or look online to find the closest one near you. News 8 will update the list of cooling centers below as municipalities provide information.

HARTFORD COUNTY

Bloomfield

  • Alvin and Beatrice Wood Human Services Center, 330 Park Ave.
    • Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Prosser Library, 1 Tunxis Ave.
    • Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • McMahon Wintonbury Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave.
    • Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Hartford

  • Downtown Public Library, 500 Main St.
    • Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.
    • Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  •  Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour St.
    • Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  •  Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Ave.
    • Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Ave.
    • Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Park Street Branch, 744 Park St.
    • Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Ave.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Britain

  • Library, 20 High St.
    • Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Senior Center, 55 Pearl St.
    • Tuesday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NEW HAVEN COUNTY

Ansonia

  • High School, 20 Pulaski Hwy
    • Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.

North Branford

  • Atwater Memorial Library, 1720 Foxon Rd.
    • Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Edward Smith Library, 3 Old Post Rd.
    • Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Heat-related illnesses

Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illnesses, some are at a greater risk than others, including:

  • Infants and young children who 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 changes 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; and
  • People who are physically ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.

Stay safe

  • Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness;
  • 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;
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter. Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device;
  • 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 access to water and shade to keep them cool; and
  • Never leave pets inside of parked vehicles because temperatures can soar to life-threatening levels within minutes.

Stay hydrated

Everyone is also reminded to stay hydrated during the extreme heat. Because bodies lose fluid through sweat, dehydration is common amid very high temperatures. It is strongly encouraged to:

  • Drink more water than usual;
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids;
  • Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside;
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar; and
  • Remind others to drink enough water.