At the risk of stating the obvious: It's hot out there.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a third straight day with temperatures approaching 90 around Bristol and Warren. Worse, the dew point (a measure of moisture in the air) is higher than 70 degrees again today, producing the humidity that makes it feel much hotter than the actual temperature.
While late afternoon thunderstorms — some of which could be severe — forecasted to help cool things off today and for the rest of the week, there are sure to be more heat waves this summer as the entire country continues to experience a blast of hot air. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, the weather service reports, resulting in hundreds of deaths each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.
It is critical — especially for the very young and the elderly — to keep cool when the heat index soars. So what is your tactic? Do you head for the beach, wade in the backyard pool or just chill inside in the air conditioning? Let your fellow community members know your tactics for beating the heat in the comments section below.