LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - For the second day in a row, a Heat Advisory is in effect for much of western Massachusetts. The temperature was already creeping close to 80 degrees by the 6:00 hour Friday, and it's rising from the 80's into the 90's by the afternoon.
The advisory is in effect from 11:00 A.M. through 8:00 P.M. for eastern and central portions of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties; including communities like Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Agawam, Westfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield. Even in western portions of the Pioneer Valley and in the Berkshires, which are not under the advisory, it will still be very hot and humid today.
There are some precautions that you should take to avoid heat stress:
- If your home doesn't have air conditioning or some industrial fans, start brainstorming and find someplace that does.
- Dress appropriately today: wear loose, light clothing, and keep the fluids flowing. Make sure everyone in your home is drinking water.
- Check on elderly neighbors to make sure they're okay.
Older people and and young children are the most at risk on sizzling summer days like Friday, and that can be challenging, as Beth Shenoy of Longmeadow told 22News, since outside is the only place that a lot of kids want to be.
"It's really hot outside, so it definitely is limiting. She's (her daughter) at the age where she loves to play outside so it limits our outdoor activities definitely. Gotta be creative, finding what to do today," Shenoy said.