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Officials warn of dangerous heat conditions this weekend

The Kent Office of Emergency Management is cautioning people to dangerous heat conditions this weekend.  Hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected, with the most oppressive conditions Saturday.  Kent officials are asking people to check on pets and neighbors. 

With record-breaking temperatures this weekend, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection urges all residents and visitors getting in or on the water this weekend to prioritize water safety.  The water temperatures in Long Island Sound and inland water bodies remains very low.  Currently, water temperatures in Long Island Sound are in the low 50-degree range, while summertime temperatures range from the high 60’s through the low 70’s. 

DEEP says there is also a very real danger of hypothermia for swimmers, particularly children, who enter the water for any extended period of time.  Many inland waterbodies also remain in the 50-degree range. 

No lifeguards are on duty this early in the season. 

Paddlers should exercise caution and use proper equipment, practice safety techniques, wear a life jacket, and avoid dangerous situations. Paddlers should always be prepared for a sudden cold-water immersion. Over the last six years, Connecticut families have grieved the loss of seven paddler fatalities during spring’s cold water boating season.  

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