Hot times this week in CNY: Do you know where to stay cool?

We hope you enjoyed the relatively cool temperatures early this morning, because it's going to get hot today and the heat will be with us for several days.

CNY Central Meteorologist Matt Stevens says we'll have mostly sunny skies today. Temperatures will heat up to around 90 degrees and more humid weather returns. There is a risk for some clouds to build up during the day, but most of us end up staying dry. There's a low threat of a very isolated shower or storm late day, mainly south and southeast of Syracuse.

Tonight, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 71 degrees, very uncomfortable for sleeping. What do you do when you can't sleep because of the heat?

We can expect it to get even hotter tomorrow. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the entire Central New York viewing area for Thursday. What does that mean? The weather service says "An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat-related illnesses are possible."

Ahead of the heat, the City of Syracuse is extending the hours at city pools. Pools at Kirk Park, Lincoln Park, McKinley Park, Onondaga Park, Schiller Park and Thornden Park will stay open Thursday and Friday until 8:00 p.m.

The Ida Benderson Senior Center in Syracuse will remain open until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to give seniors a place to cool off. Normally, the center closes at 5:00 p.m.

The American Red Cross says it will open its offices at 220 Herald Place in Syracuse as a cooling station. That will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday.

The Red Cross has some common sense tips to help you deal with the excessive heat safely:- Never leave a child or pet in a parked car - even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day - even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol that dehydrate the body.

- Dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing in layers. Avoid dark colors that absorb the sun's rays.

- If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool yourself. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

- Protect your self from sun exposure even on cloudy or hazy days. In addition to dressing for heat, apply a broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen and reapply as indicated, wear eye protection (wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection) and wear a wide-brimmed hat.The Red Cross asks you to check in on elderly neighbors or relatives to make sure they are coping safely with the heat.

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