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With Prolonged Heat NYC Emergency Management and the Department of Health Urge New Yorkers to Take Precautions – nyc.gov

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For Immediate Release   

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Heat Advisory now in effect through Sunday, July 24, until 8 p.m.

 

Cooling centers will remain open through the weekend. To find the nearest location, including hours of operation, call 311 or visit the City’s Cooling Center Finder

 

July 21, 2022 — With high heat and humidity continuing to affect New York City into the weekend, New York City Emergency Management and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are urging New Yorkers to continue to take steps to beat the heat. The National Weather Service has extended the heat advisory for New York City, which is now in effect through Sunday, July 24 at 8 p.m. According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, temperatures today are in the upper 90s, with heat index values in excess of 100 degrees. Temperatures are forecast in the mid to upper 90s through Sunday, with heat index values in the mid-90s to low 100s.

“Over the past couple of days, we have experienced some extreme heat in New York City and temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s through the weekend. It is important that New Yorkers understand the potential dangers of extreme heat,” said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol. “Remember to stay hydrated and if you are venturing outdoors, avoid strenuous activity and wear lightweight clothing.”

New York City opens cooling centers when the heat index is forecast to be 95 degrees or above for two or more consecutive days, or if the heat index is forecast to be 100 degrees or above for any amount of time. Cooling centers located at older adult center sites will be reserved for older New Yorkers, ages 60 and older. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, individuals are reminded to stay at home if they are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at www.nyc.gov/beattheheat.

ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS FOR PROTECTION AGAINST THE HEAT

  • Go to an air-conditioned location, even if for a few hours.
  • Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Remember: drink water, rest, and locate shade if you are working outdoors or if your work is strenuous. Drink water every 15 minutes even if you are not thirsty, rest in the shade, and watch out for others on your team. Your employer is required to provide water, rest, and shade when work is being done during extreme heat.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing when inside without air conditioning or outside.
  • Drink fluids, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first speak with their doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Eat small, frequent meals.
  • Cool down with a cool bath or shower.
  • Participate in activities that …….

    Source: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/about/press-releases/20220721_pr_prolonged_heat_into_weekend_nycem_dohmh_urge_precautions.page

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