Today, dangerous heat conditions will begin to impact dozens of counties in Central New York. The mixture of high heat and high humidity levels will cause heat index values to reach or possibly exceed 100 degrees.
Current counties in a heat advisory include: Broome, Cayuga, Onondaga, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins. Cortland County currently has no heat advisory, but is in a hazardous weather outlook.
New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “During extreme temperatures, heat-related illnesses happen when the human body can no longer cool itself. The most common illnesses are heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses is especially important for older adults and children, and as Governor Hochul recommends, taking basic precautions will protect against experiencing health issues due to dangerous temperature levels.”
The New York Department of Health is reminding New Yorker’s that heat is the number one weather related killer in the country and to watch for signs of a heat stroke:
Those signs include:
- Hot, dry, red skin
- A rapid pulse
- Rapid and shallow breathing
- A body temperature higher than 105 degrees
- Loss of alertness, confusion, and/or loss of consciousness