The heat wave that's been roasting much of the central United States for days reached Central New York today, bringing a dangerous combination of heat and humidity.
CNY Central Chief Meteorologist Wayne Mahar reports that the temperature reached 101 degrees Thursday afternoon at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse. That shatters the old record of 95 set in 1930 and 1933.The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Thursday from noon to 8:00 p.m. for most of the CNY Central viewing area. The warning calls attention to temperatures expected to be in the mid to upper 90s across the region, and a heat index (what it feels like when temperature and humidity are combined) of 105 to 110.
That has the Weather Service warning: "These hot and humid conditions will lead to a heightened risk of heat related stress and illnesses; dehydration, muscle, cramps, severe headaches,and heat exhaustion are possible with prolonged exposure and or physical activity."
Here is today's forecast from Meteorologist Matt Stevens.
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Here is how some Central New York communities are helping neighbors cope with the weather:Syracuse City Pools at Kirk, Lincoln, McKinley, Onondaga; Schiller, and Thornden Parks will have extended hours, remaining open until 8:00 tonight. Managers at the city pools had to invoke their limits on the number of people allowed in at one time as lines formed Wednesday afternoon. Parks officials report strong attendance at facilities with lake or pool swimming.
Syracuse will also keep its Ida Benderson Senior Center on South Salina Street until 7:00 p.m. to give seniors a place to cool off.
The Red Cross has set up several "cooling centers', places where you can go and cool off if you do not have air conditioning at home. The cooling center locations and hours are:
Utica: 1415 Genesee Street, Utica - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Syracuse: 220 Herald Place, SyracuseOneida, 100 Washington Avenue (Second Floor) - 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The City of Oswego has announced that the fees for public and family swim will be waived at the Gallagher Pool at Fort Ontario starting today through Sunday. The sprinklers located in Franklin Square (West Park), Kingsford Park and Oak Hill Park will be on continuously from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
There have been several business and organization cancelations connected to the excessive heat. Click here for the complete list.
More advice from the National Weather Service about coping with the heat:
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat .should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911.