The 22News Storm Team has issued a Weather Alert due to dangerously high levels of heat and humidity for Tuesday and the risk for a few strong thunderstorms this afternoon and into the early evening.
A Heat Advisory is in effect for all of western Massachusetts until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sunshine, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.
Thunderstorms will start developing after 2pm Tuesday and a few could be strong or severe with gusty winds, lightning and heavy rain. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to a storm to get struck by lightning.