Heat Advisories Issued for Southern Tier and Central NY
The National Weather Service in Binghamton is warning residents in part of the Southern Tier and Central New York to take steps to prevent illness due to high heat and humidity.
A Heat Advisory has been issued for August 10 for Broome, Tioga, Onondaga, Tompkins and counties to the west and north from noon to 7 p.m.
NOAA says hot temperatures and high humidity could result in a heat index, or the temperature it feels like, at up to 95 degrees. The forecast high temperature for the Greater Binghamton area ranges from the high 80s to low 90s. The forecast for Ithaca put the heat index value possible at 99 degrees.
High temperatures for August 10 just south in Susquehanna County were projected to be about five degrees cooler than Broome County.
Forecasters warn hot and humid conditions will continue through Thursday, August 12 and more advisories are expected to be issued.
Residents during the hot spell are encouraged to drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, stay in air-conditioning when possible, stay out of the sun, limit outdoor activity to the early morning and late evening and check up on relatives and neighbors.
No one, children, adults or pets should ever be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances as the interior temperature, even with windows rolled down can reach a deadly level in a matter of minutes.
Signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke include dizziness, nausea, trouble breathing, excessive sweating, chills and fatigue. Affected people should get into the shade or air conditioning as soon as possible.
For people who must work outside, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments and limit strenuous activity.
911 should be called immediately for anyone suffering heat stroke, which can be fatal.