Governor Cuomo urges New Yorkers to prepare for another extreme heat wave starting today and continuing through Wednesday
Governor Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to prepare for another prolonged period of high heat and humidity that is expected to begin today and continue through the middle of the week. Heat index values reaching the mid-1990s are expected through Wednesday, while humidity levels are expected to remain high.
Additionally, the National Weather Service predicts that a front moving across the state later in the week could provide favorable conditions for severe weather events such as thunderstorms. New Yorkers should monitor local weather forecasts for the most recent information. For a complete list of weather watches, warnings, advisories and the latest forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.
“We expect another wave of heat and high humidity to impact most of the state and continue through the middle of the week,” Governor Cuomo mentionned. “I strongly urge all New Yorkers to take action to prevent heat-related illness or injury, especially young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems vulnerable to high heat. neighbors, limit outdoor activities and stay safe. “
Heat indices could reach up to 95 degrees or more in some places during this stretch, and the highest heat index values will occur during the afternoon hours. Several heat advisories were issued by the National Weather Service for locations across the state until Tuesday evening. Showers and thunderstorms, some strong, are likely later in the week for much of the state as a front passes.
This period of hot weather will bring an increased risk of heat stress and heat-related illnesses. People susceptible to heat-related illnesses, including young children, the elderly, those who exercise outdoors, those who perform vigorous outdoor work, and those who suffer from respiratory illnesses such as asthma, should take the necessary steps to stay cool when temperatures rise.
Excessive heat is the leading cause of preventable weather-related deaths each year, especially among the elderly. According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat causes more than 600 preventable deaths each year in the United States.
The following people are most at risk:
- The elderly and young children are the most affected
- Overweight / obese people
- People on certain medications or drugs
Be ready :
- Avoid strenuous activities and exercise, especially during peak sunshine hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Exercise and activity should be done early in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
- Drink plenty of water and non-caffeinated drinks.
- Stay out of the sun and try to cool off in an air-conditioned building for a few hours during the hottest part of the day. The sun heats the inner core of your body, resulting in dehydration. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of direct sunlight, or go to an air-conditioned public building
- If you must go out, wear sunscreen with a high sun protection factor, at least SPF 15, and a hat to protect your face and head. Outdoors, wear loose, light, light-colored clothing. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and the overheating effects of the sun on your body.
- Do not leave children, pets, or people requiring special care in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can quickly reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill within minutes.
- Make an effort to watch your neighbors during a heatwave, especially if they are elderly, have young children, or have special needs. Make sure there is enough food and water for the animals
Know the signs of heat-related illnesses
Prolonged exposure to heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. Call 911 if you or someone you know has signs or symptoms of heat illness, including:
- Muscle cramps
For more information on how to stay safe during times of excessive heat, click here.
New Yorkers urged to save electricity
Taking smart steps to reduce power consumption, especially during times of peak demand, not only helps reduce the state’s peak load, but will also save consumers money when the electricity is the most expensive. To reduce energy consumption, especially during peak periods, the public is encouraged to take some of the following energy saving measures, at low or no cost:
- Close curtains, windows and doors on the sunny side of your home to reduce solar heat buildup.
- Turn off air conditioners, lights, and other appliances when you’re away from home, and use a timer to turn on your air conditioner about half an hour before you get home. Use advanced power strips to centrally “turn off” all devices and save energy.
- If you are purchasing an air conditioner, look for an ENERGY STAR qualified model. ENERGY STAR air conditioners use up to 25% less energy than a standard model.
- Fans can make rooms five to 10 degrees cooler and use 80% less energy than air conditioners.
- Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher to save on your cooling costs.
- Place your air conditioner in a central window, rather than a corner window, to allow better air circulation.
- Consider placing the unit on the north, east, or side of your house with the best shade. Your air conditioner will have to work harder and use more energy if it is exposed to direct sunlight.
- Seal the spaces around the air conditioner with caulk to prevent cool air from escaping.
- Clean the cooling and condenser fans as well as the coils to keep your air conditioner running efficiently and check the filter monthly and replace it if necessary.
- Use appliances like washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and ovens early in the morning or late at night. It will also help reduce humidity and heat in the house.
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified energy efficient bulbs instead of standard incandescent bulbs, and you can use 75% less energy.
- Microwave food when possible. Microwaves use around 50% less energy than conventional ovens.
- Dry the clothes on a clothesline. If you use a dryer, remember to clean the dryer lint filter before each load.
- Be aware of the different ways you use water in your home. Instead of using 30 to 40 gallons of water for a bath, install a low-flow showerhead, which uses less than 3 gallons per minute.
- Lowering the temperature of your washing machine and rinsing with cold water will reduce energy consumption.
Additional tips on how to conserve energy are available on the NYSERDA website here.