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Dangerous Heat Expected Tomorrow Through Thursday in CNY Region – Heat Advisory In Effect Now to Thursday


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A heat wave is on its way to Central New York, the National Weather Service in Binghamton warns. Temperatures are expected to hit the low to mid 90s with heat index surpassing 100 degrees tomorrow through Thursday. A Heat Advisory will remain in effect now through Thursday.

The NWS says heat and humidity will increase beginning today (Monday) with the hottest days in the region being Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The high temperatures could lead to a threat of heat related illnesses if precautions are not made.

A new tool has been revealed by the National Weather Service and Center for Disease Control (CDC) on identifying potential impactful heat risks. The tool is a mapping system that has color coded risk impacts from Green (little to no risk) up to Magenta (Extreme risk).

Image via NWS Binghamton.

For Tuesday, Cortland County has been flagged as Red, Category 3, considered to have major risks for heat-related impacts. This level of risk will affect anyone who does not have adequate cooling or hydration. Wednesday’s forecast continues as a Red, Category 3 impact.

On Thursday, the county is predicted to be at Magenta, Category 4, considered extreme risk of heat-related impacts. The NWS and CDC says with no relief including during the overnight hours those without proper cooling or hydration will have serious implications. Impacts are also expected in most health systems, heat-sensitive industries and infrastructure.

Signs of heat-related illnesses can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, cramps, high body temperature, or a past pulse.

Tips have been provided to help stay hydrated and safe:

  • Stay hydrated. Keep drinking water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Drink two to four glasses of cool fluids every hour.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks and too much caffeine and sugar.
  • Take water with you wherever you go outside, since public water fountains are currently turned off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •  Protect yourself from the sun. Use sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher and look for those that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels.
  • Wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing to keep cool. You can also wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Stay indoors

Those who are age 65 and older are the most at risk for heat related illness. If you know or are neighbors with someone who is older, make sure to check in on them.

According to the New York State Department of Health, three cooling centers are available in Cortland County. They are: Access to Independence at 26 North Main Street in Cortland, the Phillips Free Library at 37 South Main Street Homer, and the Lamont Memorial Free Library at 5 Main Street in McGraw. The NYDOH recommends calling the facility before heading there to ensure they are open.

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