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People flock to CT beaches to beat the heat

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People pack Rocky Neck State Park beach. People pack Rocky Neck State Park beach.
Lines of cars waiting to get into Rocky Neck State Park. Lines of cars waiting to get into Rocky Neck State Park.
People waiting to get into Rocky Neck State Park. People waiting to get into Rocky Neck State Park.
NIANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

As people head to Connecticut beaches for the holiday weekend, WFSB meteorologists are warning people to be cautious about the heat.

A heat advisory is in effect for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties until 8 p.m.

"Issued within 12 hours of the onset of the following conditions: heat index of at least 105 degrees but less than 115 degrees for less than three hours per day," the National Weather Service stated as the criteria for a heat advisory.

WFSB Meteorologist Scot Haney said temperatures could near 93 degrees while along the shoreline, it will be in the mid-80s. Temperatures could be hotter inland on Friday, Haney added.

"So, overall, the Fourth will be pretty good for being outside at the beach, near a pool, somewhere cool," Haney said.

In anticipation of the hot weather, people flocked to Connecticut beaches. So many in fact the following locations are already filled to capacity:

  • Rocky Neck State Park in Old Lyme
  • Hammonasset State Park in Madison
  • Sherwood Island State Park in Westport
  • Lighthouse Park in New Haven
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union
  • Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent (closed to visitors)
  • Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield
  • Kent Falls State Park
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Wadsworth Falls State Park
  • Gardner Lake State Park
  • Burr Pond State Park

The early morning line of traffic snaked into Rocky Neck State Park, but didn't slow down the holiday spirit.

"It gets crazy here on the 4th of July, and this is just the beginning of it," said Joseph Salcedo of New London.

Police said people started showing up at Rocky Neck in Niantic around 1 a.m. and the park reached capacity by 9 a.m.

Hammonasset state park officials said even their employees got stuck in line because people started getting there so early.

People are being advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned environment and stay out of the sun. Residents should avoid prolonged work in the direct sun or in poorly ventilated areas.

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