Another hot and hazy day ahead; thunderstorms Friday

After temperatures topped 90 degrees on Wednesday — the first time in 11 months — more hot and hazy weather is expected until thunderstorms possibly bring relief —and potential flooding — Friday. Thursday is the first full day of summer.

For the second day in a row, the National Weather service issued a heat advisory for Weston and the surrounding area. The heat index is to be around 100 Thursday, according the service. This means that with the humidity, the 94 degree high Thursday will feel like it is 100 degrees. Wednesday’s high was 93.

Wednesday was the first time since July 22, 2011, that temperatures reached the 90s here, according to Accuweather. The pervious high this year was 88 on Tuesday, May 29.

“Take extra precaution if you work or spend time outside,” the heat advisory stated. “When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the sign and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”

The Weston Public Library is air conditioned and open to the public today until 5 p.m.

The Westport-Weston Family Y is opening its Stauffer Shallows pool to the public for free swimming from 1 to 4 p.m. today, and its Brophy pool from 2 to 9:30 p.m.

The high on Friday is predicted to be 91 before showers and thunderstorms start that afternoon. The rain will continue through Friday night, according to the weather service, and could bring gusty winds and heavy rain. “There is a slight chance that some thunderstorms could be severe with possible localized flooding.

Also on Thursday, for the second day in a row, the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection issued an air quality alert for Wednesday, in effect from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. This means that ozone in the area might approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

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