The first significant heat wave of the summer is underway.
Temperatures are forecast to reach the mid to upper 90’s between Thursday and Saturday with heat index values (the combination of heat and humidity) ranging between 100 – 110 F this afternoon and again on Friday Afternoon.
The combination of heat and humidity will result in very dangerous conditions for the elderly, young children, and those persons with respiratory conditions.
Poor air quality will also be present in much of the state during the next several days which will present an additional stress for the elderly, young children, and those persons with respiratory conditions.
Heat advisories and Air quality alerts are in effect. All residents are encouraged to use caution. Please check on your more senior neighbors.
The Trumbull Westfield Mall will be open as a cooling center daily during all shopping hours. The friendly shopping environment adds to the pleasure of the cool temperatures inside.
Senior Center: Due to the heatwave, the senior center hours are extended to 8PM. The Senior Center will be open 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Thursday (7/21) and Friday (7/22). If seniors need a ride to the senior center, they should call the transportation center at 203-452-5137.
Residents are encouraged to limit strenuous outdoor activity, drink plenty of water and stay in the coolest possible place.
To cool off, Trumbull residents are encouraged to visit a cool place like Westfield Mall or Hawley Lane Mall, the town libraries or you may want to catch a movie at the Bow-Tie Cinemas.
The pools at Beach Memorial Park and Tashua are open as are the sprinkler parks at Beach Memorial and Indian Ledge parks.
Please call 2-1-1 for further information.
Tips for avoiding heat related illness:
- Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk (very old, very young and persons who suffer from asthma) should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
- Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
- Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
- Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat.
- Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.
It is important to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, heat stress, and heat cramps, and to have an action plan so that you will know what to do if you see these signs and symptoms:
HEAT STROKE is the most serious heat-related illness and is accompanied by hot, dry skin; shallow breathing; a rapid, weak pulse; and confusion. Heat stroke occurs when a person's body temperature exceeds 105 degrees Fahrenheit and could render the victim unconscious. If you believe that someone has heat stroke, call for emergency medical treatment or have the person taken to the hospital immediately. While waiting for emergency personnel, move the victim to a cool area out of direct sunlight; sponge bathe with cool water; and fan. If possible, relocate the person to an air-conditioned room.
HEAT EXHAUSTION is characterized by heavy sweating, weakness and cold, pale, clammy skin. There may also be fainting and vomiting. If someone appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion, they should be moved to a cool area out of direct sunlight, sponge bathed with cool water and fanned. Also, give sips of water to the individual every 15 minutes for one hour.
HEAT CRAMPS are characterized by painful spasms, usually in muscles of the legs and abdomen and by heavy sweating. To relieve heat cramps, apply firm
By the end of the week, temperatures are forecasted to moderate slightly as some clouds and showers move into our area Wednesday afternoon through Friday.
The Trumbull Office of Emergency Management encourages you to prepare yourself and your family for the summer's heat waves.
Click here for suggestions from the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency about how to prepare for heat waves.
Click here for the National Weather Service forecast for Trumbull.