As today’s Solstice marks the official first day of summer, the weather is certainly responding in kind.
High humidity and near record temperatures are expected to usher in summer over the next 2-3 days, reports NBC.
The forecast is calling for a high around 94 degrees Wednesday, though the heat index will make the temperature feel closer to 100.
The dog days are expected to continue into Thursday, with an expected high of 97.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for New York City, the Lower Hudson Valley, and northern Nassau County “from noon Wednesday through 8 p.m. Thursday. An air quality health advisory has also been issued.”
Please keep the following tips in mind over the next few days, in order to ensure that the hot weather doesn’t adversely affect your health:
- Drink plenty of fluids such as water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration — be aware that alcohol can impair the body’s sweat mechanism, as can fairly common medications such as antihistamines and diuretics;
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes;
- Avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade or by wearing sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses;
- When possible, stay in air-conditioned areas. If your home is not air-conditioned, consider a visit to a shopping mall or public library. Contact 311, or visit www.nyc.gov to locate a cooling center near you.
- NEVER leave pets or young children in a car, even with the windows cracked;
- Check on elderly relatives or neighbors at least daily; and
- Take it easy when outdoors. Athletes and those who work outdoors should take short breaks when feeling fatigued. Schedule physical activity during the morning or evening when it is cooler.