As the mercury hovered near the 90-degree mark Monday and prepares to soar well past it today, officials are warning people — particularly the very old and the very young — to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness.
With temperatures expected to rise above the mid-90s today and Wednesday, numerous state and county offices have issued heat andair-quality advisories for the Lower Hudson Valley.
Officials said that people should take precautions to guard against the heat such as avoiding alcohol and finding air-conditioned spaces.
“Certainly, you should stay well-hydrated. Temperatures are going to be in the 90s, but the real-feel temperatures are going to be near 100 for the next two days,” senior AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Pigott said. “When the heat gets bad in the afternoon, I’d try to avoid hard or strenuous labor. Try to do those activities in the morning or late in the evening.”
Pigott said Monday was the 12th day the region has seen temperatures at or above 90 degrees this year, which is slightly above pace for a region that averages nearly 18 days above those temperatures annually.
Most days above 90 degrees occur in July, Pigott said, adding that several cold fronts expected to move through the area in the coming weeks ought to provide the region with some relief.
To help people cope with the heat, local municipalities, such as Ardsley and Yonkers in Westchester have opened cooling centers. Rockland County intends to have cooling centers open in Central Nyack, Congers, Nanuet and New City.
The current hot streak is expected to break Thursday, when AccuWeather anticipates temperatures will hover in the mid-80s.