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Heat index may top 100 degrees as CT faces extreme heat. Here's how to stay cool and safe

Aarmere Jackson (glasses), 19, mops sweat off his face trying to cool down after wearing a full-body bee suit while working with his family’s hives in Knox Park Community Garden in Hartford. “People see me with dreads. I usually wear hoodies – black pants – you know what I’m saying? So people, a lot of times think like, ‘Oh, he's like some really rude, mean kid.’ But you take the time to talk to me – I'm pretty nice. I'm pretty open minded. And I genuinely like to help people most of the time. So, don't judge too harshly just on appearances.”
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Connecticut Public
FILE, 2022: A triple digit heat index is in the forecast for this week and Gov. Lamont has activated an extreme hot weather protocol. Cooling will open around the state.

Heat advisories have been issued across the state for a sizzling heat wave that is projected to last through Saturday.

The heat index, which includes the influence of humidity, is expected to hit between 95 and 105 degrees this week. Gov. Ned Lamont has activated an extreme hot weather protocol and advises residents to stay cool and protect those vulnerable to the hot weather.

The National Weather Service suggests drinking plenty of fluids, taking cool showers, avoiding direct sunlight and staying in air-conditioned buildings for as long as possible.

The Lamont administration is also encouraging people to visit their local cooling centers to seek relief from the oppressive heat wave. Cooling centers are open throughout Connecticut including in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Torrington.

Dozens of other cooling stations can be located by calling 2-1-1 or visiting 211ct.org.

Pets should not be left in parked vehicles since temperatures can increase to life-threatening levels within minutes. If a pet cannot be brought inside, then that pet should be placed in a shady area outside and provided with water.

The hot weather protocol will be effective through Sunday morning.

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