Chariho, Westerly dismissing students early because of heat

Chariho, Westerly dismissing students early because of heat

The Westerly and Chariho school districts are dismissing their students early on Tuesday, the first day of classes, because of expected hot, muggy weather conditions.

Temperatures in the region are supposed to soar to 90 degrees during the afternoon, with humidity hovering around 65 percent. The record-high temperature for Sept. 4 at the Westerly Airport weather station is 91 degrees, set in 1973.

In Westerly, the high school will be dismissed at 12:35 p.m., the middle school will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. and the elementary schools will be dismissed at 2 p.m.

Chariho schools will dismiss morning pre-k at 11 a.m. and high school, alternative learning academy and middle school students at 12:30 p.m. There is no afternoon pre-k and all outdoor activities scheduled before 6 p.m. are canceled.

Stonington and North Stonington schools will operate on a normal time schedule.

According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday, with heat-index values reaching 95. The service advises to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioning when possible and stay out of the sunshine.

If you work or are planning to spend time outside, take extra precautions or reschedule any strenuous outdoor activities. Schedule frequent breaks to rest, and drink plenty of water.

Corey Fyke


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