The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a hazardous weather outlook this week is for central New York.
The outlook, issued Monday by meteorologists, covered most of the region, including Oneida, Madison, Herkimer and Lewis counties. It covered the seven-day period, beginning today, although hazardous weather — high heat and humidity — was not expected today.
On Tuesday, heat and humidity will begin and is expected to increase throughout the week. Heat index values Wednesday through Friday afternoons have the potential to get well into the 90s and perhaps around 100 degrees Thursday and Friday afternoons in urban valleys.
People can find local heat indexes online at the National Weather Service's website at https://www.weather.gov/bgm/heatindexforecasts.
To help keep cool, the National Weather Service, offers the following tips:
Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
Avoid ‘heavy’ foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production and also increase water loss.
Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages dehydrate your system.
Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.
Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle. Temperatures in a parked car, even a car in full or partial shade, rise dramatically, often to dangerous levels, in only a few minutes.
Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult. If you must go out, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, according to the American Cancer Society, and reapply it often. While sunscreen won’t offset the heat, it can help prevent sunburn, which can be dangerous in and of itself.