This weekend it’s going to be oppressively hot. The National Weather Service has already issued a heat advisory in effect from noon Friday, July 19 to 6 a.m. Saturday, July 20–and then forecasters have upped it to an excessive heat warning from then through 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

What does that mean? Friday heat index values will be 95-104 degrees, and up to 110 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

Wilton Town and Wilton YMCA Offer Cooling Options

Wilton emergency officials are warning residents about the heat, and have announced plans to open Comstock Community Center as a cooling center. The facility will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. Residents are welcome to use the facility, including the gym and classrooms, and the Senior Center will also be open. A building monitor will be on hand.

The Wilton Family YMCA will be opening its pool, splash pad and beach to the community at no charge on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. CEO Bob McDowell said anyone who wants to take a swim and cool off–member or not–is welcome, free of charge. Kiwanis Pond is open for more than just swimming–guests can splash on the water inflatable, and use the canoes and paddle boats too. Young kids can enjoy the coolest playground with the Y’s Splash Pad (water shoes required). The 50-meter pool will be open for recreational swimming.

Guests can check in at the beach gate, show an id and sign a guest waiver. Aquatics staff will be on site as lifeguards will be administering swim tests so everyone is safe.

Hours for Kiwanis Pond and Beach, and the Splash Pad are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days; the 50-meter pool is open Saturday, 12-7 p.m., and Sunday, 12-6 p.m..

Street Fair and Sidewalk Sales will Run–Rain, Shine or Heat

Rain, shine or heat on Saturday, July 20, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce will host its 8th annual Wilton Street Fair and Sidewalk Sales from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Other stores around town, including Outdoor Sports Center in south Wilton, will also keep open for sidewalk sales and specials.

Here’s a GOOD Street Fair tip:  Make sure you stop by the Kiwanis Club of Wilton booth–the service club will be giving away small bottles of chilled water to visitors at the Kiwanis Club booth.

Tips to Beat the Heat

Health professionals warn that extreme heat can cause illness and death among at-risk populations who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at increased risk. Homes without air conditioning can be much hotter than outdoors.

Here are some general tips to beat the heat:

  • Take extra precautions if working or spending time outside, and when possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Use air conditioning to stay cool at home or go to a place that has air conditioning.
  • Check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors.
  • Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
  • Do not leave children or pets in parked cars. In warmer weather, temperatures in parked cars can rise rapidly and exceed outside temps, even if windows are cracked or cars are parked out of direct sunlight. Keep unattended parked cars locked to prevent children from getting in.