ITHACA, NY -- The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for today (Tuesday), with heat index values reaching well into the 90s for most of the area.
The heat advisory is in effect for this afternoon, and the hot temperatures combined with high humidity could cause heat-related illnesses to occur. Forecasters say the hot, humid weather will persist for several days.
It’s extremely important to be prepared and take the necessary precautions to minimize the heat’s impact on your health.
“Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers,” said Geoff Dunn, Community Preparedness Coordinator with the Department of Emergency Response. “Far and away, the most important things you can do are to drink plenty of water, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun as much as possible.”
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you can, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, stay hydrated, and wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
If you are working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location and call 9-1-1.
“Young children and infants, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat and humidity,” said Dunn. “Never leave children, seniors, or pets unattended in a car, even for a few minutes.”
Heat index values are expected to reach into the mid-90’s again Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. For more information, visit the Tompkins County Health Department website at: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/summer/heat or www.ready.gov/heat.