New Yorkers are being urged to take care – and take in plenty of water – over the next two days as extreme heat blankets the city.
A heat advisory is in place for Monday and Tuesday with temperatures pushing past 90 degrees and possibly over 100, the National Weather Service says.
High humidity mixed with high temperatures will make the city feel even hotter, the agency says.
Governor Andrew Cuomo asked New Yorkers to check on neighbors, limit outdoor activity, and stay safe.
“I strongly urge all New Yorkers to take action to prevent heat-related illnesses or injury, especially young children, seniors and those with respiratory conditions who are vulnerable to high heat.”
The City has set up cooling centers that can be found by calling 311 or visiting the city’s Cooling Center Finder. Social distancing guidelines and mask-wearing requirements are in place.
Tips to beat the weather include:
- Avoid strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun’s peak hours
- Exercise and activity should be done in the early morning
- Drink plenty of water and noncaffeinated beverages
- Stay out of the sun and try to cool off in an air-conditioned building for a few hours – the sun heats the inner core of your body, resulting in dehydration. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine, or go to a public building with air conditioning
- If you must go outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating, at least SPF 15 and a hat to protect your face and head. When outdoors, wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing, and cover as much of your skin as possible
- Do not leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat – exposure to high temperatures can kill within a matter of minute.
- Make an effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are elderly, have young children or have special needs. Make sure there is enough food and water for pets
The National Weather Service predicts a front moving across the New York later in the week that could bring severe weather including thunderstorms. For a complete listing of weather watches, warnings, advisories and latest forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.
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