Gripped in the dog days of summer, the city continues to sweat. The heat has taken a turn from mere discomfort to Heat Advisory for all five boroughs and Long Island on Tuesday, July 12 as issued by The National Weather Service.
According to the Weather Channel, Tuesday will reach a high of 92 degrees yet the heat index (which accounts for humidity and temperature) boasts a feeling of over 100 degrees. The temperature will dip a bit, but stay in the mid-to-high 80s for the rest of the week.
During this heat advisory, New York City is opening free cooling centers for those who don’t have a comfortable, refreshing place to beat the heat. These cooling centers, which are air-conditioned public facilities throughout all five boroughs, are open to anyone experiencing physical discomfort. Locations, accessibility, and hours of operation can be found on NYC’s Office of Emergency Management website: http://gis.nyc.gov/oem/cc/index.htm
NYC’s OEM also issued a few tips to help meliorate the sweltering heat and stay safe in the summer.
- If possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, keep rooms well-ventilated with open windows and fans. Consider going to a public pool, air-conditioned store, mall, movie theater, or cooling center.
- Make a special effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors, young children, and people with special needs. Many older New Yorkers live alone and could suffer unnecessarily in the heat because they are isolated from friends and family.
- Seniors and others who may be sensitive to extreme heat should contact friends, neighbors, or relatives at least twice a day during a heat wave.
- Drink fluids – particularly water – even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.
- Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
- Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours – 11 AM to 4 PM. If you must engage in strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 AM and 7 AM.
- Cool showers or baths may be helpful, but avoid extreme temperature changes. Never take a shower immediately after becoming overheated – extreme temperature changes may make you ill, nauseated, or dizzy.
For more tips, and phone numbers you can visit the OEM’s website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/home/home.shtml