Preparing for Extreme Heat

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to take precautions ahead of potentially dangerous heat conditions in the southern Capital Region, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island today through Tuesday. 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.

“With extreme heat in the forecast, I urge New Yorkers to take the necessary precautions to stay cool and safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “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 National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory which remains in effect from 10 a.m. today until 8 p.m. Monday in Orange, Putnam, Rockland, northern Westchester, southern Westchester, New York City, northern Nassau and southern Nassau counties; and from noon until 9 p.m. Monday in eastern Greene, western Columbia, eastern Ulster, and western Dutchess counties.

Additionally, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health issued an air quality health advisory for ozone for the New York City Metro area, which includes New York City, Westchester, and Rockland counties, and Long Island, which includes Nassau and Suffolk counties, for 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, and Monday, August 6. 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 here and the Department of Health’s website here.

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.

To help stay cool, take advantage of the many pools, beaches and spraygrounds the New York State Park system during the hot days ahead. Some popular locations include Jones Beach, Robert Moses and Sunken Meadow on Long Island, Denny Farrell Riverbank (Indoor Pool) and Gantry Plaza Spray Pad in New York City, Bear Mountain, Rockland Lake, Minnewaska, Lake Taghkanic and Taconic (Copake and Rudd Pond) in the Hudson Valley, Grafton Lakes, Saratoga Spa (Victoria Pool), Moreau Lake in the Capital District, Delta Lake in the Mohawk Valley, Green Lakes and Verona Beach in Central, Taughannock Falls and Watkins Glen in the Southern Tier, Fair Haven and Hamlin Beach in the Finger Lakes, and Fort Niagara, Evangola and Allegany (Quaker Area) in Western New York.

For a complete list of all available swim locations and places to cool off please visit www.parks.ny.gov and select a state park near you.

Heat Tips

Excessive heat is the leading cause of preventable, weather-related deaths each year, particularly among the elderly. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat causes more than 600 preventable deaths in the United States yearly. To help New Yorkers stay safe during excessive heat the Governor offered the following tips:

People Who Should Be Aware: