Long, hot summer: Connecticut under drought advisory

Posted Aug. 19, 2010, at 6:14 a.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell is asking residents and businesses to limit their use water as groundwater and stream levels continue to decrease during the prolonged hot and dry weather.

Rell says the state’s not yet in an emergency situation, but there’s not much rain expected in the next two weeks and conditions are likely to deteriorate across the state.

Rell also says the fire danger in the state remains high.

The governor’s drought advisory workgroup says a high number of days with temperatures over 90 degrees have boosted evaporation rates and reduced groundwater and stream levels to the lower end of their normal ranges.

The National Weather Service says the Hartford area has received nearly 25 inches of precipitation this year, about 4 inches below normal.

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