CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Friday is expected to be the hottest day of a heat wave that is now into its sixth day. With temperatures expected to rise into the upper 90's, the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for eastern and central portions of Hampden County until 7:00 P.M.
The areas affected by this warning include some of the region's largest communities, including Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, Agawam, and West Springfield, as well as surrounding towns.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that heat index values (the temperature it actually feels like outside) could be up to 110 degrees in these areas. You are advised to:
- Stay out of the sun
- Wear light clothing
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Check on elderly or disabled neighbors and family members
- Keep your pets out of the heat
- Drink plenty of water.
Meanwhile, a Heat Advisory is in effect for the rest of the Pioneer Valley until 7:00 P.M. and Berkshire County until 8:00 P.M. This includes larger communities like Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, Ware, Greenfield, Orange, Pittsfield, Great Barrington, and North Adams, as well as surrounding towns.
A Heat Advisory means that heat index values will be over 100 degrees.
While not as severe as an Excessive Heat Warning, people living in these areas should still take the same precautions to avoid heat stress.
For more details, and to see when the temperatures will finally come down, check out the latest 22News Storm Team Forecast.