Here we go again. Mother Nature is turning up the heat and it looks like the hot and humid weather will be with us for most of the week.

That being said, according to the National Weather Service, with the combination of the high temperatures and the high levels of humidity, heat related illnesses are possible.

You know the deal, stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, especially if you work outside. Stay in air conditioning when you can, don't stay out in the sun for prolonged periods of time and don't forget to check on any elderly neighbors and friends.

With temperatures climbing into the low 90s at times this week, the heat index will make it feel more like it's anywhere from 95 to 100 degrees for most parts of the week. It will be a little cooler on the shoreline and the heat should break with showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, and a cool front moving in by early Thursday.

According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, so far during the month of July, the temperatures have been averaging about four degrees above normal. Hartford has had its third warmest July on record and readings at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford make it it's sixth warmest July ever.

Here's the forecast for the first half of your week:

Today
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 8 mph.
Tonight
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 89. Light southwest wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Wednesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.