Stay Cool! High Heat, Humidity To Last Through Week

Temperatures are expected to float around the 100-degree mark throughout the current work week, with temperatures hitting as high as 102 degrees today. While rain is forecast to hit Friday, the temperatures won’t really begin to drop until Sunday, when it finally goes below 90 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the entire city. It currently lasts until midnight tonight, but will likely be extended throughout the week. These conditions are dangerous to health, and you should avoid strenuous activity. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk.

Be a good neighbor; if you live next door to an elderly or disabled person, or even just a family – particularly one with young children – who do not own an air conditioner, be sure to check in on them.

Additionally, the city has opened cooling centers. Most local centers are open until 4:00 p.m. today. Here are the five closest centers to the 86th Street and Bay Parkway intersection.

Bensonhurst Senior Center – 7802 Bay Parkway Highlawn Library – 1664 West 13th Street New Utrecht Library – 1743 86th Street Ulmer Park Library – 2602 Bath Avenue CCNS Narrows at the Lodge Neighborhood Senior Center – 7711 18th Avenue

More centers can be found using this Office of Emergency Management web tool.

Libraries and senior centers aren’t the only accessible places that are air conditioned; you can always sit back with a glass of iced coffee, bubble tea or Jarrito at one of our local restaurants, ride the subways, or just meander around Marshalls to keep cool.

And if you plan on opening up the fire hydrants to let your kids cool down, make sure to do it legally by requesting a free spray cap from the FDNY.

Finally, review this list of symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion to make sure you know the signs and don’t overwork yourself.

Stay cool, readers. It’s going to be a long week!