If you don’t have an A/C unit you’ll want to at least get some fans early today because we’re in for some serious heat.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for the five boroughs beginning today (Sunday, July 19) at noon. The advisory remains in effect until tomorrow at 8pm, as the heat index value is expected to hit around 100.
Along with high heat, high humidity can make these temperatures particularly dangerous. The NWS recommends that people schedule their outdoor activities to early morning or evening and drink plenty of fluids. They also suggest that if you’re working outdoors to take frequent brakes in shaded or air conditioned spaces.
According to Accuweather’s forecast, today’s high is expected to reach 95-degrees, but will feel like 103. Similar temperatures are expected for tomorrow, with a high of 97-degrees that’ll feel like 107!
To get ahead of potential blackouts around the city due to higher volumes of air conditioned units and fans blasting these next couple days, ConEd has also issued a text alert to all customers asking to reply “OUT” if your power goes out so they can address it more quickly than (presumably) previous years.
New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation has also issued an air quality health advisory for today from 10am until 11pm.
To stay cool, you can find a cooling center here or call 311. The centers are part of the city’s “Cool It” initiative where, during the summer, sprinklers at hundreds of playgrounds throughout the city are turned on to create spray showers; thousands of drinking fountains (for you and your pet!) are turned on; and the city highlights where the shadiest areas are around the city including parks with heavy tree coverage. Find out more here.
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