Excessive Heat Advisory & Air Quality Alert in Effect for Long Island
Local News, Nature & Weather, Seasonal & Current Events
By Joe Randazzo
Published: July 19 2013
Long Island has been experiencing a relentless heatwave for days on end - prompting officials to issue an Excessive Heat Advisory and Air Quality alert for the area.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning today, that will be in effect until at least 8PM this evening. A combination of heat and humidity can make it feel like it’s 109 outside with the highest heat warnings taking place in the afternoon and early noon hours.
It is important to try and keep cool, and if possible, avoid any strenuous activity be rescheduled for the evening. The NWS suggests that during a heat wave, that you wear light and loose fitting clothing and and drink plenty of water. Anyone out in the sun too long will suffer from fatigue, muscle cramps, sunstroke, and heat stroke. If someone is suffering from a heat stroke immediately call 911 as a heat stroke is an emergency.
With the intense heat comes an Air Quality Alert today. The elderly, very young, and anyone with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease are most likely to be affected by the high levels of pollutants in the air. The higher level of pollutants that lead the DEC to issue these Alerts typically occur in the summer because of the additional emissions that are produced by the high uses of appliances sich as air conditioners and pool pumps - especially older models that are not Energy Star approved.
Throughout the day, Long Island can expect the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. The storms will produce strong wind, hail, heavy rains, and lightning.
In addition to the Excessive Heat Warning, the NWS has also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Long Island because of the high temperatures, and possible thunderstorms. According to the latest update, there is also a small chance of severe thunderstorms tomorrow throughout the day.
By tonight weather cool down to a low of 76 - a welcome relief for many Long Islanders.
For the most up to date weather information, head over to the LongIsland.com Weather Center, where you can get the latest forecasts, weather advisories, and more.