Temperatures are forecast to be slightly below normal for the rest of this weekend, and then to return to normal seasonal levels by early next week, according to the National Weather Service. At this point, no significant precipitation is forecast for the next few days.
That means it should be sunny weather for an invasive plant clean-up scheduled at Hammonasset Beach State Park Sunday, Jan. 6. For more information, read our story about events at Hammonasset.
Want to get outside when it's cold, but not sure how to dress?
Here are some "how to dress for winter excercise" tips from about.com. The article discusses the importance of a base layer, a mid layer, and an outer layer, along with protecting head, hands, and feet appropriately.
Here is an article on How To Dress For Winter Outdoor Recreation from the National Ski Patrol. In addition to layering, this article talks about the importance of selecting the right kind of fabric. Cotton? Bad. Gore-tex? Good.
And here are some tips from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection:
- Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
- Most of your body heat is lost through your head so wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.
- Dress in warm layers so you can remove items if you get too warm.
- Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
- Recognize frostbite warning signs: gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
- Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expect you or someone you are trying to help has hypothermia or frostbite.
The forecast for the rest of this week, and early next week, as of Wednesday afternoon, is as follows, according to the National Weather Service:
- Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 32. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
- Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. West wind around 8 mph.
- Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 8 to 16 mph.
- Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 19.
- Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
- Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.
- Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.
- Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
- Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.
- Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
- Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40.