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Connecticut extends extreme hot weather protocol to Tuesday, what you need to know

Summer Heat in New Haven
Ryan Caron King
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Connecticut Public
Seven-year-old Carmela Niedes (bottom left) braces herself as a torrent of water pours out of a spout onto her and her aunt and uncle (back left and right) at the splash pad at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Temperatures hit above 90 in the city on Tuesday, and the state extended its extreme hot weather protocol into the following week.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday afternoon that Connecticut’s extreme hot weather protocol has been extended through Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m.

The protocol means state agencies will work with municipalities and other organizations to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 to make sure that information regarding cooling centers is available statewide.

The protocol was originally set to expire Friday evening but was extended due to the updated forecast, Lamont’s office said. “It’s looking like we are in for a couple more days of high humidity, and I strongly encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions,” Lamont said in a statement Thursday.

Connecticut Public meteorologist Garett Argianas is forecasting highs in the 90s Friday and upper 80s to low 90s Saturday and Sunday. Thunderstorms and scattered downpours are possible Friday night and over the weekend, Argianas said Thursday afternoon.

Here are ways to stay safe in the summer heat

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a poor air quality alert Thursday for southwest and central Connecticut, parts of central and northeast Massachusetts and southeast New Hampshire.

Forecasters are predicting unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups due to elevated levels of ground-level ozone, according to the EPA.

The EPA encourages everyone to take steps to reduce the amount on ground-level ozone while the air quality is poor.

  1. Use public transportation, if possible.
  2. Combine errands and carpool to reduce driving time and mileage.
  3. Avoid using small gasoline-powered engines, such as lawn mowers, string trimmers, chain saws, power-washers, air compressors and leaf blowers.

The EPA ozone standard is 0.070 parts per million (ppm). There have been 16 days in New England so far this year when ozone concentrations have exceeded the standard, according to the EPA.

Cities and towns throughout the state announced cooling center locations and extended hours at community pools and sprinkler parks. Connecticut Public gathered a brief list, but residents are encouraged to call 211 for individual help and resources.

Ansonia

Ansonia High School
20 Pulaski Highway
Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Danbury

Danbury Library
170 Main St.
Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

New Street Shelter
41 New St.
Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hatters Hall
7 E. Hayestown Road
Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Hartford

Downtown Library
500 Main St.
Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Albany Library
1250 Albany Ave.
Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Barbour Library

261 Barbour St.
Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Camp Field Library
30 Campfield Ave.
Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dwight Library
7 New Park Ave.
Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Park Street Library @ the Lyric
603 Park St.
Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

New Britain

New Britain Public Library
20 High St.
Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

New Britain Senior Center
55 Pearl St.
Thursday, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

North Haven

North Haven Town Hall
17 Elm St.
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Montowese Fire Station
282 Quinnipiac Ave.
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Torrington

Torrington City Hall Auditorium
140 Main St.
Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Vernon

Community Pool
375 Hartford Turnpike
Open two additional hours from 6 to 8 p.m. through Friday. The pool will be closed between 5 and 6 p.m. to give staff a break. Daily admission fees will apply.

Anyone in need of a cooling center should call 211 or visit 211CT.org.

Updated: August 4, 2022 at 4:22 PM EDT
This post has been updated.

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Jim worked for more than 20 years as a digital producer, editor and reporter for several newspapers. A lifelong Connecticut resident, he will always be a fan of the Whalers and Caldor.
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