NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s extreme hot weather protocol is now in effect through 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, due to the forecasted heat and humidity.
The protocol went into effect at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and was set to end at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, before the governor’s office extended it.
Storm Team 8 said the sunshine, heat and high humidity will stay through Friday.
Schools across the state dismissed students early Tuesday and Wednesday and are expected to do the same Thursday. Stay up to date on early dismissals here.
“We may have thought that the hot summer temperatures were over for the season, but it looks like we are getting another stretch of heat this week,” Gov. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) said.
The governor’s office said the protocol is meant to “ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the hot conditions.”
Cooling centers are open throughout Connecticut and can be located by calling 2-1-1 or visiting 211ct.org/.
According to the governor’s office, while the state’s extreme hot weather protocol is active:
- The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security uses its WebEOC communications network, which is an internet-based system that enables local, regional, and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions.
- Municipalities and other partners submit information on the opening of cooling centers into the WebEOC, providing a real-time database on the availability of these locations statewide. United Way 2-1-1 uses the system to act as a clearinghouse to assist residents in locating a cooling center.
- Regional coordinators from the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security monitor WebEOC in order to respond to any requests from municipalities for state assistance.
- The energy utility companies provide the state with regular updates regarding the impact of the weather conditions on their respective utilities throughout the duration of the protocol.
Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people 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 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.
- 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.