High temperatures expected today, thunderstorm looms for Wednesday

After another hot and humid day on Tuesday, Greenwich and the surrounding area could be facing another strong thunderstorm on Wednesday, according to the

National Weather Service, which issued a hazardous weather outlook on Tuesday morning.

After a Sunday night thunderstorm brought heavy rain to the area causing power outages from a lightning strike and fire another storm, expected to end the above-90 temperatures, is currently forecast for between Wednesday afternoon and midnight.

The cold front will approach from the northwest that afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, and then slowly push through the region Wednesday night. “Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening ahead of and along this front — with a threat of torrential rain, damaging winds, large hail and frequent lighting strikes,” the service said. “Any training convection will pose a threat for flash flooding.”

More showers and thunderstorms could come on Thursday, which could have a high of 86; Tuesday’s high will be near 92 and Wednesday’s 91.

The weekend is expected to be cooler. Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high near 79; Saturday is to be mostly sunny with a high near 80; and Sunday is to be mostly sunny with a high near 82.

In the meantime Greenwich is expected to have temperatures in the mid-90’s today and The American Heart Association’s regional office issued an advisory Tuesday for heart patients.

It urged people to:

• Follow the doctor’s orders. If you are a heart patient, over the age of 50, overweight or just starting an exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor for your best exercise routine.

• Try to watch the clock. It’s best to avoid the outdoors in the early afternoon (about noon to 3 p.m.) because the sun is usually at its strongest, putting you at higher risk for heat-related illnesses.

• Get off on the right foot. You probably sweat the most in your shoes, so choose well-ventilated shoes and look for socks that repel perspiration. Foot powders and antiperspirants can also help with sweat.

• Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton, or a newer fabric that repels sweat. Add a hat and/or sunglasses.

• Drink up. Before you get started, apply a water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15, and reapply it every two hours. Stay hydrated by drinking a few cups of water before, during and after your exercise. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

• Take regular breaks. Find some shade or a cool place, stop for a few minutes, hydrate and start again

People can adapt their normal exercise routines when the heat is on. Walking inside air-conditioned buildings, going for a swim or using exercise videos at home are great substitutes for outdoor exercise.

The American Heart Association also spelled out the signs and symptoms when someone may be experiencing too much heat.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

• headaches

• heavy sweating

• cold, moist skin, chills

• dizziness or fainting (syncope)

• a weak and rapid pulse

• muscle cramps

• fast, shallow breathing

• nausea, vomiting or both

Anyone experience such symptoms should move to a cooler place, stop exercising and cool down immediately by dousing with cold water and rehydrating. The person may need to seek medical attention.

Symptoms of heat stroke are:

• warm, dry skin with no sweating

• strong and rapid pulse

• confusion and/or unconsciousness

• high fever

• throbbing headaches

• nausea, vomiting or both

If anyone is experience these symptoms, seek medical attention right away.

Information, tips and advice on how to take care of the heart are available at www.heart.org or 1-800-AHA-USA-1.


John Kovach contributed to this piece.

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