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Fourth heat wave bakes city


| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

New Yorkers will have to deal with two more days of temperatures approaching 100 degrees before getting a break from the sweltering weather.

Stifling heat will blanket the area over the next two days as temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-90s today. High humidity will make the climate feel closer to 100 degrees.  Wednesday temperatures will near 100 with the heat index near 105.

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this is the fourth heat wave this season that has had 16 days of temperatures above 90 degrees this year.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat advisory for the potentially dangerous hot spell. The advisory will last through tomorrow night.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, the NWS said.

Tips to keep your pets safe in the heat

Cooling centers will be open throughout the city tomorrow offering an escape from the sweltering heat. Click here to find the one nearest you. 

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

 

More records highs expected today


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Another day, another scorcher.

After record high temperatures baked the city yesterday, residents should be ready for even more heat.

Temperatures will again approach 100 degrees, and feel closer to 110.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory.

Those who will be outdoors should take extra precautions.  Wear light, loose fitting clothing, sunblock and drink plenty of water.

The city has again opened up hundreds of cooling centers in the five boroughs.

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

Click here to find the cooling center nearest to you

The city’s Office of Emergency Management has offered some tips to staying cool:

New Yorkers should heed the following tips to stay cool during this week’s extreme heat:

  • Use an air conditioner if you have one.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a cooler place such as a store, mall, museum, movie theater, or friend/family member’s air-conditioned home, or visit a cooling center.
  • Check on your at-risk family, friends and neighbors often and help them get to a cool place.
  • Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open. Fans alone will not keep you cool when it is really hot outside. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
  • Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or high amounts of sugar.
  • Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 AM and 7 AM or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.
  • Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.

 

First day of summer brings record heat


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Summer did not waste any time getting started.

Temperatures are forecasted to approach 100 degrees, and feel even hotter, on the first day of summer.

It has been 80 years since New York City approached these temperatures on June 20.

Because of the combination of the heat and humidity, the National Weather Service has issued a excessive heat warning for Queens.  Temperatures, which are predicted to hit 98, will feel like 108.

Those who will be outdoors should take extra precautions.  Wear light, loose fitting clothing, sunblock and drink plenty of water.

The city has also opened up hundreds of cooling centers in the five boroughs.

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

Click here to find the cooling center nearest to you

The city’s Office of Emergency Management has offered some tips to staying cool:

New Yorkers should heed the following tips to stay cool during this week’s extreme heat:

  • Use an air conditioner if you have one.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a cooler place such as a store, mall, museum, movie theater, or friend/family member’s air-conditioned home, or visit a cooling center.
  • Check on your at-risk family, friends and neighbors often and help them get to a cool place.
  • Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open. Fans alone will not keep you cool when it is really hot outside. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
  • Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or high amounts of sugar.
  • Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 AM and 7 AM or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.
  • Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.