NWS: Heat wave arrives in the Finger Lakes with advisories for outdoor activity

The National Weather Service has issued a Heath Advisory for a large swath of the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Western New York as oppressive temperatures are forecasted through Friday.

The Heat Advisory is active for Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates counties.

Heat index values in the mid 90s Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, then near 100 Thursday and Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat-related illnesses to occur, if people do not stay hydrated. The prolonged heat with high overnight lows will prevent buildings from cooling down.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out
of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

For the most accurate up-to-the-minute forecast for the FLX, visit our Local Weather Center.