With temperatures continuing to rise this week, many Long Islanders are growing concerned about the heat, and this week's forecast. Earlier today, Governor Cuomo issued an Advisory Statement urging New Yorkers to stay cool, and take precautions to avoid experiencing a heat stroke, sunburn, and various other heat-induced ailments. The hot weather may be frustrating for many, but it is nothing to take lightly - heat-induced medical emergencies and deaths happen every summer, and are often preventable.
In addition to the scortching heat, the New York Metro area and Long Island are also on heightened advisory because of air quality issues, according to the New York State Department of Conservation. In a Press Release from today, the NYS DEC announced that an Air Quality Advisory would be in effect until 11 PM this evening, and New Yorkers are urged to limit their driving and use of appliances in an effort to save energy and reduce pollution.
There is also a Hazardous Weather Outlook for both Nassau and Suffolk - according to the National Weather Service, Long Island should be expecting a series of Thunderstorms starting this even, and potentially continuing through the entire weekend. As these conditions develop, we will be sure to bring you updates on the forecast.
Right now, it is important for Long Islanders to remain hydrated, and stay out of the heat if possible. If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from a heat-related condition, seek medical attention immediately. For more information on Heat Safety, check out New York State's Heat Safety Tip Guide.
[Sources: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, NYS DEC, NWS.]