Heat Advisory for Parts of Southern Tier
The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a heat advisory for parts of the Southern Tier for 11 a.m. July 20 until 8 p.m. July 20 with heat index values into the mid to upper-nineties possible.
In the advisory updated by the National Weather Service at 3:52 a.m. on July 20, forecasters said the Heat Index Values could reach up to 97 as predicted high temperatures for the region were put at 94, combined with dewpoints in the 60s. Officials say the advisory area includes Broome and Tioga Counties in the Southern Tier but not Chenango, Delaware, Cortland, Susquehanna, Bradford or Wayne Counties. Other counties in the advisory issued out of Binghamton were Yates, Steuben, Chemung and Tompkins Counties.
Areas of Central New York, north and west of Binghamton, were also issued advisories. The National Weather Service said the Heat Index values in Syracuse, Rome and Utica could reach 95 to 100 degrees. The high temperature forecast for Syracuse, however was about two degrees lower than the high predicted for Binghamton.
Even if not included in a Heat Advisory area, it is still going to be uncomfortably hot and humid. All area residents should take precautions to avoid illnesses including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
During the heat of the day, activity outside of air conditioning should be limited, people should check on the elderly and those with respiratory issues and never leave people or pets in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked open. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. Provide shade and water for outdoor animals.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat Stroke is an emergency and 911 should be called immediately.