CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - This Fourth of July will really sizzle for people here in western Massachusetts.
Expected high temperatures and high humidity have caused the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. for eastern and central parts of the Pioneer Valley. This includes the most populous communities in the Valley, such as Springfield, Westfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Agawam, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield.
22News Storm Team Meteorologist Ashley Baylor is forecasting temperatures in the low to mid 90's today, but it will feel like around 100 degrees at times, due to the high humidity.
While a heat advisory is not in effect for the Berkshires, or far-western portions of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties, it will still be hot all across western Massachusetts today, and you should take precautions if you're planning to stay outside for an extended period of time today.
Be sure to:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Wear light-colored clothing that reflects the Sun's rays
- Keep your pets indoors
- Check-in on elderly neighbors
- Postpone strenuous outside work until the evening, if possible
To find out how long the heat will last, check out the latest 22News Storm Team Forecast.