Heat warnings issued in Upstate NY for 'dangerously hot temperatures'

Heat warnings issued in Upstate NY for 'dangerously hot temperatures'

This weekend is going to be a scorcher.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings, the highest level of alert, for much of Upstate New York over the next couple of days.

Temperatures will reach the upper 80s to lower 90s Friday and then increase to upwards of 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, according to the weather service.

Stay hydrated: Being thirsty is a sign that you're already at risk for dehydration, according to the Mayo Clinic. Also, do not leave pets or young children inside vehicles as interiors can reach lethal temperatures very quickly. Elderly people are especially affected by the heat and need to be checked on.

If you don't have air conditioning, head indoors to a library, movie theater or mall during the hottest part of the day. Dark colors absorb the sun's rays. Postpone outdoor games and activities. Anyone working outside this weekend is advised to take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Above all, be aware of your body. A heat advisory is in effect for the higher elevations. In 2017 there were 87 heat-related deaths in the United States, according to the National Safety Council.

People at greatest risk for heat-related illness include children up to age 4 and people over 65, people who are overweight or have existing medical conditions, and those who are socially isolated.

Know the warning signs: There are a number of symptoms to watch out for when in extreme heat.

"Over the next few days, there will be little relief at night as low temperatures in many places, particularly cities along the I-95 corridor, will struggle to see lows dip below 80 degrees at the height of the heatwave, which will bring the hottest weather in years", AccuWeather said on July 19. The heat and humidity are made to feel worse by the large amount of moisture in the air coming from the Gulf of Mexico, much of it left from Hurricane Barry.

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