By Lauren Sellew
As of Monday at 8 a.m. just under 7 percent of Eversource customers statewide remained without power. A heat advisory was issued starting today.
As of Monday at 8:45 a.m. about .77 percent of Meriden customers were still without power, .96 percent of Southington customers and about 2.10 percent of Cheshire customers were without power, according to Eversource data. The town with the largest percentage of outages remaining was Harwinton with 50.7 percent of customers still without power.
A heat advisory was issued by the National Weather Service from noon today until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Temperatures through Wednesday are going to be in the 90’s, Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said Monday. He noted Monday is the 32nd 90 degree day of the year, with six in June, 20 in July and six so far in August. The record is 38 90 degree days, which was set in 1983. There is a chance of showers and thunder each day until Wednesday as well, Lessor said. There is also a chance for a shower on Thursday and with cloud cover the temperature should be in the 80s, he said.
The dewpoint will be in the 70’s for the most part, which adds about five degrees to the heat index, Lessor noted. He said people should be acclimating to the hotter temperatures, but advised those without power to go to cooling centers.
According to the National Weather Service “a heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.” The advisory notes homes without air conditioning can be much hotter than outdoor temperatures.