CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 7-day forecast reflects temperatures in the 90’s this coming weekend.
The 22News Storm Team will show you the potential for a heat wave later in the week with updated forecasts available online at WWLP.com and on 22News starting at 5 p.m.
Before Extreme Heat:
- Be Informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies. Download the 22News Storm Team Weather App.
What is Extreme Heat?
Extreme heat is a prolonged period of very hot weather, which may include high humidity. In Massachusetts, a “heat wave” is usually defined as a period of three or more consecutive days above 90 °F.
Extreme heat can be dangerous and even life-threatening if proper precautions are not taken. In extreme heat and high humidity, the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
Most heat-related illnesses occur because the victim has been over-exposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Although anyone can suffer from a heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Those at greater risk include older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight. To reduce the risks of extreme heat conditions, take the proper safety precautions to protect yourself and your family.