The National Weather Service this morning issued a heat advisory for New York City until 6 p.m. tomorrow, cautioning vulnerable populations to stay cool if they can.
With temperatures expected to hit the low-90s today and tomorrow, with high humidity and possible thunderstorms in the afternoons and evenings, people without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are at risk. The city is urging these populations to avoid strenuous activity and stay indoors, with air conditioning if possible. Wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing and keep hydrated with water.
Additionally, the city has opened cooling centers will be open. Most local centers are open until 4:00 p.m. today. Here are the five closest centers to the Sheepshead Bay Road area.
- Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Senior Center – 60 West End Avenue
- Senior Alliance Neighborhood Senior Center – 161 Corbin Place
- Jay-Harama Neighborhood Senior Center – 2600 Ocean Avenue
- Shorefront Neighborhood Senior Center – 3300 Coney Island Avenue
- The Bay Neighborhood Senior Center – 3643 Nostrand Avenue
More centers can be found using this Office of Emergency Management web tool.
Since this weather is certain to continue over the next few months, be sure to familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Here are some of the signs:
- Heat exhaustion
- Excessive thirst
- Muscle aches and cramps
- Heat stroke
- Hot, flushed, dry skin
- Rapid heart rate
- Decreased sweating
- Shortness of breath
- Confusion or delirium
You can find more about the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion at WebMD.
Of course, you can always take the day off and spend it in one of our local, air conditioned libraries, or take in a movie at the UA, or, heck, just ride the subway all day long.