Oppressive Heat Wave Continues Across Tri-State Area


hot-weather-2Around the Tri-State Area, officials are advising residents to drink plenty of water and stay cool as the heat wave continues.

A heat advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. Friday for all of New York City, Westchester and Rockland counties, and parts of Connecticut.

In New Jersey, an excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. on Shabbos for Mercer, Gloucester, Camden and northwest Burlington counties.

Forecasters say daytime temperatures in the mid to upper 90s combined with humidity to make it feel like 105 to 110 degrees. The heat index will be at its highest level between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. through Shabbos.

The very young and the very old are likely to feel the heat more than others, but doctors say it’s important for everyone to stay hydrated.

“Water is really the best. Drink enough water during the day to replace the sweat that you sweated out during these heat waves,” said Dr. Ernest Patti from St. Barnabas hospital.

Officials say you should try to avoid strenuous activity during the hottest times of the day, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.

“Well, actually, try not to exercise in this heat. Try to exercise indoors where it’s cooler, of course, and if you really want to exercise outdoors, it’s probably best recommended to do it in the early morning hours when the sun has yet to give us this wonderful heat and humidity,” Dr. Heidi Cordi of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia told CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez.

If you are going to exercise during peak heat hours the most important thing is to stay well hydrated. And contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need sport drinks. They won’t do any harm but experts say plain water is all you really need, Gomez reported.

If you must go outside, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your face and head.

Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car or vehicle – temperatures inside a closed car can reach over 140 degrees quickly and exposure to high temperatures can kill within minutes.

Be sure to check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly, have young children or have special needs and make sure there is enough water and food for pets and limit their exercise.

All area utilities have asked customers to conserve energy where possible.

The National Weather Service says relief in the form of showers and thunderstorms is expected later on Shabbos. Cooler temperatures are expected to arrive on Sunday.

Read a full report at CBS 2.

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