Monday, December 11, 2023


Heat Warning Issued for Tuesday Through Wednesday

The National Weather Service today issued an excessive heat warning for Westport and the tri-state area from noon Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A late afternoon advisory said the decision to elevate the alert from a watch to a warning was based on a forecast calling for high temperatures to climb into the mid 90s to near 100 degrees across the area Tuesday.

Combined with oppressively high humidity levels, this will result in heat indices climbing to between maximum levels of 105 to 110 degrees Tuesday afternoon, the advisory said. The highest heat indices are expected to occur between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This dangerous heat wave will continue through Wednesday. High temperatures Wednesday will be similar to or even a degree or two hotter than Tuesday, climbing to the upper 90s to 102 degrees, the advisory said.

Air Quality Warning Issued for Tuesday

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Environmental Protection Agency today warned that air quality is expected to be unhealthy along the Connecticut coast Tuesday as the temperature soars close to 100.

The agencies said in an advisory that the area will experience elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone, commonly called smog.

The advisory said while anyone can be affected by ozone, groups particularly sensitive include children and adults who are active outdoors, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma. 

“Sensitive people who experience effects at lower ozone concentrations are likely to experience more serious effects at higher concentrations.  Still, even the healthiest people may find it difficult to breathe when ozone levels are very high,” the advisory said.

Senior Center Open Late to Help People Cool Off

The Westport Center for Senior Activities will remain open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 8 p.m. for anyone needing a place to cool off, town officials announced today.

Temperatures are expected to approach close to 100 degrees on those days, and the center is offering a cool environment to anyone in the community regardless of age without air conditioning.

The center is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For more information, call (203) 341-5099.

Senior Renter Rebate Available

A state-funded renters’ rebate program is available for those who are elderly or totally disabled through the Westport Human Services Department.

Deadline for applying is Sept. 15.

“Persons renting an apartment or room, living in cooperative housing, or a mobile home may be eligible for the program,” said Human Services Director Barbara Butler.

The rebate can be up to $900 for married couples and $700 for single persons. 

Excessive Heat Watch Issued

The National Weather Service today issued an excessive heat watch for Westport and the tri-state area in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

High temperatures are expected to climb to the mid to upper 90s across the lower Hudson Valley, western and central Long Island, and much of southern Connecticut Tuesday and again on Wednesday, an advisory said.

Combined with rather high humidity levels, this will result in heat indices climbing to between 105 and 110 degrees each afternoon.

An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

A Legend of the Game in Westport Image
Yankees pitching legend Mel Stottlemyre signs a photo for Tom Feige, Jr. (l) and his father, Tom Sr.,  of Beacon Falls, Conn., during today’s autograph session at Legends of the Game at the Compo Shopping Center. The Westport appearance by the former Yankees pitcher and pitching coach drew scores of baseball fans from the tri-state area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for