With potential record-setting heat settling over the state, Connecticut parks filled quickly to capacity Sunday morning, forcing closures across the state.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection declared Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Scantic River State Park at Powder Hollow in Enfield closed, along with Millers Pond State Park in Haddam, Bigelow State Park in Union by 11 a.m., their parking lots filled to the capacity allowed under the current state coronavirus-related restrictions.
By noon, Harkness State Park in Waterford, Gardner Lake in Salem, Silver Sands in Milford and Mount Tom in Litchfield were filled to capacity and closed.
The state’s beaches were expected to fill as temperatures soared toward into the 90s. Normal temperatures for this time of year fall in the mid-80s, but it was expected to reach the mid to high 90s on Sunday and Monday, threatening records.
On Sunday, temperatures could reach 96 degrees, which would break the record of 95 that was set in 1940 and reached again in 1989, according to meteorologist William Leatham of the National Weather Service.
The parks with closed lots Saturday included Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent, Silver Sands in Milford, Mount Tom in Litchfield, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Scantic River in Enfield, Millers Pond in Haddam, Sherwood Island in Westport, and Bigelow Hollow in Union.
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