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New Jersey and Connecticut schools closing early Wednesday due to extreme heat

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TRENTON, N.J. — The late summer heat wave is pushing the mercur reaching such highs, school districts in New Jersey and Connecticut are letting students out early Wednesday due to the sweltering weather.

Trenton, Clifton and Hamilton school districts in New Jersey plan to end classes early, according to each districts’ website.

Trenton school district will be letting out its high school students at 12:30 p.m. and middle school and elementary students by 1 p.m. Clifton schools will let students leave  as early as 11:48 a.m., and elementary schools there will end their Wednesday sessions by 1 p.m.

Hamilton school district will let high school students out at 12:16 p.m., middle school students will leave at 12:50 p.m., and elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Weather’s wicked weather continues a stretch of hazy, hot and humid days with temperatures expected to once again reach into the 90s.

Many New Jersey and Connecticut schools in these districts do not have air conditioning to deal with the potentially dangerous heat and are taking precautions after already having some trouble dealing with the hot weather on Tuesday. Several Connecticut school districts ended classes early on Tuesday because of the heat. Many are planning to end school early on Wednesday as well.

Tuesday was the hottest Sept. 8 in New York City since 1919 with temperatures reaching 97 degrees. Temperatures reached into the high 90s in the surrounding regions.

Schools in Keyport, NJ, cancelled their first day of classes because of an electrical problem, according to the Associated Press. The schools invoked a snow day because a district elementary school had a malfunctioning component that would cause students and staff to face a day with no phones, Internet or fire alarms. No fans to cope with the heat threatened to create unsafe conditions for the students, as well.

The heat was so severe it sickened six students at a southern New Jersey Catholic school, the Associated Press reports. Those students were treated for heat exhaustion during an outdoor school ceremony.

There is some relief in the near future: a few isolated thunderstorms are expected in the tri-state area on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday will be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms sweeping through the area by the afternoon, bringing a cold front into the region.

By the end of the week, temperatures are expected to reach mid 70s to low 80s.