Western Massachusetts officially in a heat wave; heat advisory issued

Creates a situation for heat-related illnesses

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We are officially in a heat wave, as the temperature hit 90 degrees at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee early Tuesday afternoon. In order to have an official heat wave, you need three consecutive days where the temperature hits 90 degrees or higher.

Because of the high heat and humidity, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for eastern and central Hampden and Hampshire Counties until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A heat advisory means temperatures are expected to be in the lower 90s. The heat combined with Tuesday’s dew points, which is the amount of moisture in the air, creates a situation where heat-related illnesses are possible.

Tips for the hot and humid weather:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep an eye on elders
  • Take it slow, especially when outdoors-use the shade when needed
  • Get outdoor activities done in the morning
  • Keep air conditioners running
  • Wear light colored clothing

The City of Springfield has set up a network of cooling centers to help people beat the heat today. Click here for a listing of the centers, and their hours.