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New Canaan Braces For Heat Wave Wednesday

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Lifeguard George Harvey is ready for warm weather to come New Canaan’s way.

“It might be nice,” said Harvey, 17, watching over the pool at Waveny Park a couple of days before finishing his junior year at New Canaan High School. “It’s been a little cool. Everyone wants some summer weather.”

He and the rest of New Canaan will get it over the next few days. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be in the mid 90s on Wednesday. It should be just as hot Thursday with the high reaching 96 degrees and falling back to a high of 90 on Friday before sliding to more comfortable 84-degree high Saturday.

Bill Martin, aquatic director at the Waveny Park Pool, said the pool should be busy Wednesday, though some of the traffic will be tempered with New Canaan High School’s graduation set for 5 p.m. Wednesday. Martin expects it will be ever busier Thursday, with a final half-day of classes at New Canaan Public Schools.

“We could get 500 to 600 people here,” he said. “It should be busy here this week. We’re ready for it.”

Town officials will monitor the temperatures to see whether any emergency accommodations need to be made, First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III said. In the past, the town has set up fans in the Town Hall auditorium to serve as a cooling shelter or residents in need of heat relief went to the New Canaan Library.

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