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Thunderstorms Continue In Tri-State Ahead Of Heat Wave

July 17, 2019 - 8:32 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Scattered thunderstorms are expected to roll in throughout the day on Thursday as the Tri-State area is braces itself for some extreme heat.

The storms are set to hit while a heat advisory is effect for parts of New Jersey and the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office is already preparing for the scorching heat and announced cooling stations will remain in place through Sunday, when temperatures are predicted to climb to “dangerously high levels.”

Public pool hours will be extended until 8 p.m., sprinklers will remain on at playgrounds until sunset and cooling centers will have air conditioning on full blast. 

The heat index, which is how hot it feels when humidity is factored in, is forecast to reach close to reach 107 degrees by Saturday, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management.

“Extreme heat is dangerous, period,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution this weekend as temperatures near 100. Look out for your neighbors, friends and family and call 311 to find a cooling center. We are deploying all resources at our disposal to ensure New Yorkers remain safe and cool during extreme heat.”

Sunday will remain hot and humid in the mid-90s. By Monday, it may hit 90 for the fourth day in a row.

Amid the potential heat wave, the city is advising residents to “be a buddy” all weekend long.

“Hot weather is dangerous and can kill. People with chronic physical and mental health conditions should use air conditioning if they have it, and get to a cool, air conditioned place if they don’t,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “During times like these, we all need to look out for each other.”

To stay safe in the heat, the mayor’s office is advising the following:

  • Go to an air-conditioned location, even if for a few hours.
  • Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Drink water
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing when inside without air conditioning or outside.
  • Protect your pets and service animals when extreme heat strikes:
  • Never leave pets in the car. Temperatures rise quickly even with the windows down and can be deadly for your pet. Call 911 if you see a pet or child in a hot car.
  • Be sure your pets have access to plenty of water, especially when it is hot.
  • Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at a mall, or swimming at a pool or beach.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and, in apartments where children live, window guards.
  • Never leave your children or pets in the vehicle, even for a few minutes.
  • Check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors, young children, and people with disabilities.