Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially declared a heat advisory throughout the state for this weekend. See what this means for you, and what you can do to cool off during this time, from ice cream spots to swimming holes.
Heat Advisory & High Temperatures
New Yorkers are asked to prepare for an extended period of heat and humidity throughout this weekend and Monday. The combination of high temperatures and humidity will result in heat indices ranging from the mid-90s up to 104 degrees F, especially away from the coastline, in urban areas, and in lower elevations and valleys.
The Department of Health, in collaboration with the National Weather Service and under the Governor’s direction, has recently lowered the temperature for alerting people to the risk of heat-related illness during hot days and heat waves from 100 degrees F to 95 degrees F.
This change was made because research has shown that emergency visits and hospital admissions from heat increase significantly on days when the heat index reaches 95 degrees F or higher.
Keep Cool & Safe
Things you can do to be prepared for the heat: Drink at least two for four glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, stay out of the sun and in air conditioning if possible, don’t leave kids or pets in parked vehicles, eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables, and make an effort to check on your neighbors.
Also, limit strenuous outdoor physical activity during this time – this especially goes for people who are more susceptible to heat stroke, such as young children, the elderly, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work, and those with respiratory diseases.
If you or someone you know shows signs of heat illness, you should call 911. These signs include: headache, lightheadedness, muscle cramps, nausea, and vomiting.
The risk of heat stress, dehydration, renal illness, cardiovascular illness, and death increases for up to four days after a heat wave.
- New York State: Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to Prepare for Dangerous Heat Starting this Weekend and Lasting through Monday