The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Cortland County and surrounding areas, with a round of potentially severe thunderstorms this afternoon and an extended heat wave the rest of the week.
Scattered storms developing this afternoon are expected to become strong to severe. Gusty winds, small hail, and locally heavy rainfall all possible.
Heat and humidity will be on the rise throughout the remainder of the week, with a Heat Advisory in effect from Tuesday at 1:00 PM until Friday at 8:00 PM.
Index values on Wednesday through Friday have the potential to get well into the 90s, which could push to around 100 degrees on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
Stay tuned with WXHC for your local weather forecasts and up-to-date heat advisories.
Meanwhile as the heat settles in, state officials are expanding the Home Energy Assistance Program to allow more New Yorkers to “keep it cool” this summer.
Funding has been more than doubled for that program, which provides an air conditioner at no-cost to eligible residents with medical conditions aggravated by extreme heat.
It’s run through the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
“Many areas of the state have experienced sweltering temperatures, which can pose a life-threatening challenge to our most vulnerable New Yorkers,” OTDA Commissioner Mike Hein said. “This timely expansion of such a critical program will help thousands of other low-income residents to stay cool and safe in their homes as we approach the hottest days of the season.”
Additionally, the deadline for New Yorkers to apply for the HEAP regular and emergency home heating benefit is being extended through the end of August.
Applications for both cooling assistance and emergency HEAP are accepted at local departments of social services in person or by telephone, with funding provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
A list of local offices by county can be found at otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts.