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BRINGING THE HEAT: Hottest weather since 2012 moves into the Finger Lakes

Heat advisories have been issued, and officials are urging for the elderly and young to use extreme caution.

In an advisory on Thursday, New York State Office for the Aging Director Greg Olsen warned that older adults, specifically those who are low-income, live alone, have chronic conditions or take certain medications are more at risk for heat-related illnesses.

“Extreme heat and humidity can be serious, and can be particularly dangerous for older adults,” Olsen said in a release.

To help reduce the risk of extreme heat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several precautions like staying in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible, relying on a fan as a main cooling source, drinking more water than usual before feeling thirsty, avoiding strenuous activity and checking on friends and neighbors and finding someone to check on yourself.

A list of ‘cooling centers’ can be found here.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the entire region, which begins on Saturday at 12 pm – running through Monday at 10 pm. It means that excessive heat will create the potential for heat illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke if you are not prepared.

Forecaster with the National Weather Service say maximum heat index values should be between 95 to 100 for many areas Saturday afternoon and as high as 101 to 103 across the hottest spots.

Those values should be between 97 to 105 for many areas Sunday afternoon and could approach as high as 106 to 110 across the hottest spots if the hottest temperatures and highest dew points materialize.

If those heat index values push into the 106 to 110 area, then the National Weather Service says that it will be upgraded to an ‘Excessive Heat Warning’.

If your area has a heat advisory, here is what you should do:

– Drink plenty of fluids;
– Stay in an air-conditioned room if possible;
– Stay out of the sun if outside;
– Check on the elderly and those extra sensitive to heat;
– If outside, take frequent breaks and know the signs of heat stroke & exhaustion; and
– Keep your pets hydrated and indoors as often as possible.

Visit the FingerLakes1.com Weather Center for the latest forecast information from the National Weather Service.

 

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