Thunderstorms with plenty of rain are expected to blow through New York this afternoon and evening. But that’s just a start. By the time you recover, an extended heat wave will have settled in with highs in the low to mid-90s every day until Sunday. Here are some simple things to keep in mind.
by David Stone
There are a few things you can do to proactively prepare for and manage a city heat wave. Here’s what the experts tell us.
First, try to stay indoors as much as possible during the hottest hours of the day. If you must go outside, wear loose, light-colored clothing and take frequent breaks in shady or air-conditioned areas.
If you don’t have air-conditioning, New York City provides cooling centers where you can go for relief. Current RIOC management has been fairly callous with this, opening up Good Shepherd Community Center for a few hours late in the day after the worst is already over. But seniors and physically challenged residents can access the Carter Burden Network’s Older Persons Center at 546 Main Street until closing at 5:00.
Drink plenty of fluids, even if you’re not thirsty, and go easy on alcoholic beverages.
Second, stay informed about heat advisories and warnings issued by local authorities. Be sure to check in on elderly or vulnerable friends, family and neighbors to make sure they’re staying cool and hydrated.
And don’t forget your pets. Make sure they have access to shade and plenty of water, and never leave them in a parked car, even for a short time.
Needless to say, children should not be left in cars either.
Finally, take extra care with any medications you’re taking, as some can make you more susceptible to heat-related illness. If you have any concerns, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
With a little preparation and care, you can safely enjoy the summer heat!