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Heat has arrived as area expected to see heat index values as high as 102

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While the heat returns today with temps reaching upper 80s and lower 90s, the worst of the heat and humidity will be Sunday and Monday when heat indices soar into the upper 90s and lower 100s, according to the National Weather Service.

A Heat Advisory for much of the area has been issued as heat index values up to 102 are expected.

The advisory covers Hartford CT County, Eastern Franklin MA, Eastern Hampshire MA, Eastern Hampden MA, Northern Bristol MA, Western Plymouth MA and Eastern Plymouth MA Counties which includes Taunton, Plymouth, Brockton, and Providence.

The Heat Advisory will be in place from 11 AM Sunday to 8 PM Monday.

While Fall River and New Bedford are not currently in the Heat Advisory area, expect similar conditions as temperatures are expected to be near or above 90 degrees with “feel like” temperatures even higher.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

The NWS recommends to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

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