The Binghamton National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 7. They say heat index values of 95 to 100 degrees are expected throughout central New York.
Advice from the National Weather Service:
- Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and watch your family and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outdoors. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities for early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear light, loose clothing when possible. To reduce risk when working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area.
- Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.
Tompkins County has several publicly accessible cooling centers.
Cooling centers accessible to the public during heat emergencies include the Greater Ithaca Activities Center and Tompkins County Public Library in downtown Ithaca, YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County and Mall Stores Ithaca in Lansing Village, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Southworth Library in Dryden, Lansing Community Library, Newfield Public Library, Ulysses Philomathic Library, Groton Public Library, Ithaca College (Athletics & Events Center, Campus Center, Dillingham Hall, Fitness Center) and Cornell University (Appel Commons, Uris and Olin Libraries, Robert Purcell Community Center and Noyes Community Recreation Center).
Officials in New York State and Tompkins County suggest calling cooling centers before you go to make sure they are open.
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