Much of Upstate New York is currently experiencing a heatwave, leading to a heat advisory being issued for large parts of the region.

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The National Weather Service issued the warning, which is in effect from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, and warns residents of the potential dangers associated with high temperatures, urging them to take precautions to stay safe and cool during this extreme weather.

A combination of high temperatures and high humidity is contributing to the scorching conditions in the area. This heatwave, forecasted to last for several days, has prompted the heat advisory. The advisory serves as a warning that the hot weather can pose health risks, particularly for vulnerable persons such as the elderly, young children, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

During a heat advisory, it’s important for residents to take appropriate measures to protect themselves from the heat.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and avoid dehydration. Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine, as they can contribute to dehydration.

Stay Cool

Spend time in air-conditioned or cool places, such as shopping malls, libraries, or community centers. If you do not have access to air conditioning, consider visiting public spaces with air conditioning facilities. Alternatively, use fans or take cool showers to lower your body temperature.

Dress Appropriately

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing to help stay cool. Protect your head and face from the sun by wearing a hat and sunglasses.

Limit Outdoor Activities

Minimize exposure to the sun during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 am and 4 pm. If you must be outdoors, seek shade and take frequent breaks in cooler areas.

Check on Vulnerable People

Keep an eye on elderly family members, friends, or neighbors who may be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Ensure they have access to a cool environment and are properly hydrated.

Never Leave People or Pets in a Parked Car

Temperatures inside a parked car can quickly reach dangerous levels, even with cracked windows. Never leave children, elderly individuals, or pets unattended in a parked vehicle.

Stay Informed

Stay updated on the latest weather forecasts and advisory statements from local authorities and the National Weather Service. This will help you make informed decisions and preparations to stay safe during the heatwave.

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