GREENWICH — A heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday for Greenwich and the entire region as temperatures soar into the low to mid 90s, with heat indexes making it feel as hot as 104 degrees.
Local officials are warning residents to stay indoors, if possible, because this second day of heat and humidity can be a health hazard. Seniors, infants and those with chronic health problems are the most at risk.
A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.
A cold front will approach Wednesday night and gradually move through the region Thursday — the first day of school for Greenwich Public School students, according to the National Weather Service. There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms Thursday, with temperatures in the high 80s.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy advised Connecticut residents to take precautions.
“A few steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures,” Malloy said. “Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.”
In Greenwich, the Senior Center, the civic centers and the libraries offer cool spots during regular business hours. If needed, the town’s Public Safety Complex lobby will also be open for people to use as a cooling center.
Michael Long, Greenwich’s director of environmental services, reminded residents of the proper steps to take when the temperature rises so high.
The Department of Health said common-sense tips such as avoiding prolonged exposure to the heat and keeping hydrated can make a big difference. Residents should also keep children and pets indoors except for brief times outside and make sure pets have plenty to drink. Never leave a person or a pet in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are open.
With temperatures spiking so high, residents could become sick with a variety of heat-related illnesses.
The symptoms for heat stroke may include headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, high body temperature, difficulty breathing and a rapid and strong pulse. If someone appears to be suffering from heat stroke, do not give fluids but rather call 911. If possible, move the victim into a cool or air-conditioned location.
Heat exhaustion is different and can cause heavy sweating, weakness and cool, pale and clammy skin as well as muscle cramps, dizziness, fainting, nausea and vomiting. To treat it, offer the victim sips of water in a cool environment and apply a cool, wet cloth. If vomiting persists, seek medical attention.
Heat cramps can cause painful cramps and muscle spasms in the or abdomen and cause heavy sweating. Move a victim to a cool spot and give sips of water, unless nausea occurs. Additionally, the cramping muscle should be gently massaged.
Students entering sixth grade and ninth grade will be reporting to class on Wednesday for orientation, although it will be an early release day. The first day for all other Greenwich Public School students is Thursday.
North Mianus School will not have working air conditioning until October, an issue that has concerned parents. Delivery delays were blamed as the school installs a new heating ventilation and air conditioning system.