It didn't take long to hit triple digits in Connecticut Friday and, by 4 p.m., the temperature climbed to 103. That is the hottest temperature ever recorded in the greater Hartford area. Bridgeport also reached 103, tying the all-time record high for that city.
Humidity pushed the heat index higher, making it feel like 107 in some areas. The all-time high record for the state is 106, which was set in Danbury in 1995.
The extreme heat led Norwich Public Utilities to ask customers to decrease the amount of electricity they use during the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. for the second straight day. That includes limiting use of washers, dryers, stoves and by turning off unnecessary lighting during this peak period of the power alert.
Earlier in the week, high temperatures forced officials in New Haven to shut down a swing bridge because its joints swelled in the heat.
A heat advisory was in effect for most of the state, with excessive heat watches for Fairfield and Hartford counties and air quality alerts for Litchfield and Middlesex counties. See the forecast here.
Dozens of communities have opened cooling centers for people who do not have air conditioning or need a place to get out of the heat. Click here for a list of cooling centers.
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