Streams

Sizzling Start to Summer

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

water bottles, heat, summer, hot (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Summer is off to a steamy start.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the New York City area, in effect from noon Wednesday until 8 p.m. Thursday.

Temperatures are predicted to top 100 degrees, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation has also issued an air quality health advisory from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday.

"We all think we're tough, and nobody thinks that it's a big deal. But sadly, each year, we have to re-learn the lesson. This is a very big deal, and we should all be very careful," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The heat advisory includes Lower Hudson Valley and northern Nassau County.

Officials are urging people to avoid strenuous physical activity, drink lots of water and stay out of the sun. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley added "avoid alcoholic beverages and avoid caffeinated beverages. which can make you dehydrated."

Cooling centers with air conditioning, water, and places to sit will be open across the city and in Yonkers. People without air conditioning, older adults and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg also encouraged people to check in on their elderly neighbors during the heat wave.

Con Edison, meanwhile, reduced voltage in some neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn due to problems "on electrical equipment," asking customers to curtail useage of non-essential appliances.

To find a cooling center in NYC, call 311 or visit nyc.gov. 

Brian Zumhagen contributed reporting.

Tags:

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by