New York state over the weekend recommended that people take precautions ahead of what could be dangerous heat conditions over the next few days.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday, in a press release, warned state residents to find ways to stay cool until at least Tuesday as high temperatures climb across the southern Capital Region, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.
Hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels will yield heat indices into the mid to upper 90s in the Capital Region and Mid-Hudson Valley, and could reach 100 degrees in New York City and Long Island.
People who are susceptible to heat related illnesses including young children, the elderly, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work, and those who have respiratory diseases such as asthma should take necessary steps to stay cool as temperatures rise, the press release said,
"With extreme heat in the forecast, I urge New Yorkers to take the necessary precautions to stay cool and safe,"Cuomo said in a statement. "As temperatures continue to rise, check on neighbors who may need some extra help, avoid strenuous activity during the afternoon and early evening hours, and consider cooling off at one of New York's many state parks pools or cooling centers."
The New York state Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease.
A toll-free Air Quality Hotline (1-800-535-1345) has been established by DEC to keep New Yorkers informed of the latest Air Quality situation. Additional information is available on DEC's website and the Department of Health's website.
The New York state Department of Health has created an online list of cooling centers where people can cool down on days of extreme temperatures. A list of addresses and phone numbers for cooling centers shared by local health departments and emergency management offices in each region is available here.