The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in New York City for Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. High temperatures and humidity will combine to produce a heat index of 95 to 100 degrees.
Cooling centers are public places, such as Department for the Aging (DFTA) senior centers and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Salvation Army community centers where air conditioning is available. New Yorkers can call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) or log on to www.nyc.gov/oem to find the nearest cooling center.
All 54 Parks outdoor pools open for the season on Tuesday, June 29 and remain open until Labor Day (September 6). Indoor pools are open year-round. Check with the individual center for the schedule. For more information, please visit www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/pools
Heat illness is serious. Prolonged exposure to the heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. The added stress caused by heat can also aggravate heart or lung disease even without symptoms of heat illness. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away if you have symptoms.
Look for symptoms of heat illness:
The risk for getting sick during a heat wave is increased for people who:
If you have a medical condition or take medications, check with your physician about precautions during hot weather. Family, friends, and neighbors who are at high risk will need extra help during this period of extreme heat. Think about how you can help someone you know get to an air-conditioned place.
Ready New York - Beat the Heat Tips:
Spray Caps & Fire Hydrants:
Opening fire hydrants without spray caps is wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure, which can cause problems at hospitals and other medical facilities and hinder fire-fighting by reducing the flow of water to hoses and pumps. The powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can also push children into oncoming traffic. Call 311 to report an open hydrant.
Hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap. One illegally opened hydrant wastes up to 1,000 gallons of water per minute, while a hydrant with a spray cap only puts out around 25 gallons per minute. Spray caps can be obtained by someone 18 or over, free of charge at local firehouses.
For more information on coping with extreme heat, see the Ready New York: Beat the Heat guide at www.nyc.gov/oem. For more information on the health effects associated with extreme heat visit www.nyc.gov/health.