How to protect yourself during this week’s possible heat wave

Need at least three consecutive days of 90-degree plus temperatures to be considered a heat wave

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – While Labor Day Weekend is generally considered the unofficial end to summer you’d never know it from Monday’s heat. The 22News Storm Team says, it’s possible we’re in for a heat wave this week.

Ben Goldsher of Greenfield said, “It’s pretty surprising that, at this point, when you think winter is coming along, we’re going to get some heat, but it may be nice to have a quick little go around.”

For it to be considered a heat wave, we need at least three consecutive days of 90-degree plus temperatures and today is day one of what is expected to be a pretty hot week.

However, for some people, the heat is no big deal. “I’m used to the heat. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, so, I’m pretty much used to the heat,” said Andre Porter of Greenfield.

Others would actually welcome an extension of the summer heat. “I’ve lived in New England since 1995 and I don’t remember this, but if it could just keep going and push into November then that’s good,” said Amy McMahan of Deerfield.

The best protection against extreme heat is to stay hydrated, don’t wait until you’re thirsty. If you’re outside, try to get some shade or move to a cooler place. Also, don’t leave your pets in parked cars and be mindful that walking on the hot sidewalk may hurt their paws.

Remember to stay with the 22News Storm Team for your latest weather conditions.

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