WESTPORT — With the summer’s second heat wave gripping the region, state and local officials are urging caution, and have designated several cooling centers for Westporters to seek relief.
Temperatures are forecast to register at or above 90 degrees through the weekend, matched with equally high humidity, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
The oppressive forecast has prompted Gov. Ned Lamont to activate the state’s “Extreme Hot Weather Protocol” through Friday.
The protocol is designed to help people most vulnerable to high heat find relief. Call the state’s information phone number — 2-1-1 — for help.
The town’s Emergency Management Team, acting in coordination with the state’s declaration, has designated four cooling centers for the duration of the heat wave:
- Center for Senior Activities: 21 Imperial Ave.; open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Westport Museum for History and Culture: 25 Avery Place; open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Westport/Weston Family Y: 14 Alan Raymond Lane; open Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Longshore Pool : Longshore Club Park, Compo Road South, open Monday though Friday, 12:30-8 p.m.
Westport residents can buy pool handpasses at the Parks and Recreation Department’s office, 260 Compo Road South or purchase online here. During the heat advisory, income-eligible residents can request a temporary pool pass by contacting town’s Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050.
“I’m worried people are not going to get the help they need,” Deputy Fire Chief Nick Marsan said in a statement issued by the Emergency Management Team.
“The anticipation of several days of hot and humid 90-plus -degree weather should not be taken lightly,” he added. “Extreme heat is dangerous and can exacerbate underlying health conditions, and even lead to death. Knock on your neighbor’s door if they are elderly or vulnerable and ask them if they need help.”
The following precautions have been issued by the Emergency Management Team, which notes that 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 old and over may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.
- People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.
- People who over exert 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.