Summer doesn’t officially start until Thursday, however, we’re going to be getting a taste of summer weather. Connecticut is expected to get some record breaking heat in the next few days. Temperatures are expected to hit the upper 80s/mid 90s. And, while it’s expected to stay sunny for most of the day, there is a chance for a thunderstorm during this afternoon.

The National Weather Service declared a few warnings in preparation for today’s weather. An air quality alert was declared by the National Weather Service last night for Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham counties. In addition, a heat advisory was issued for Hartford County from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Make sure you bring the water bottle with you today — the National Weather Service advises you to stay hydrated to avoid heat related illnesses. In addition, they advise residents to avoid the outdoors and stay in air-conditioned areas as well. Furthermore, don’t forget the sunscreen if you’re spending any time outside today.

Additionally, don’t forget to take care of your pet today as well. Make sure they have plenty of water to drink, as well as they are in an air-conditioned area.

As a result of the heat, many schools across the state will have an early dismissal today. According to the school closing list on Fox61, Danbury Public Schools, Enfield Public Schools, Middletown Public Schools, and Stamford Public Schools. However, make sure to check it out for the complete list, as well as the most up to date.

To help residents stay cool, many towns across the state are opening up cooling centers. According to an article on FOX61 entitled Cooling Center Opens In Ellington, the Ellington Town Library, and the Ellington Senior Center will be open. In addition, the article says that South Windsor will be opening cooling centers as well. Both the South Windsor Community Center and the South Windsor Library are available for residents to use to stay cool during regular hours.

In addition, Hamden has now opened several cooling centers across the town for residents. According to a press release from the Town of Hamden entitled Hamden Opens Cooling Stations, all public buildings are air-conditioned and are open to the public during regular hours. Furthermore, the press release says Hamden Government Center, the Keefe Community Center, the Hamden Police Department and the Miller Library are designated cooling stations. Those locations will also have water available for those who need it.

However, the good news is that the heat isn’t expected to last forever. Looking at the weather forecasts, today and tomorrow will have temperatures in the high 80s, with the rest of the week in the 70s. In the mean time, be sure to stay cool and hydrated.

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