UTICA (WUTR) — The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties, in effect until Thursday night. The Weather Service says that the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create conditions that could make the temperatures feel like it is in the mid to upper 90s.
The Weather Service also advises of the possibility of thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon. Some of the thunderstorms could produce gusty winds, small hail and heavy rainfall.
The impact of the heat wave could be complicated by the COVID virus shutdown. In years past, those who did not have access to air conditioning were referred to “cooling stations” in their area. Those “cooling stations” were most often public libraries and senior citizen centers. However, many of those places remained closed as part of the response to COVID-19 virus. Eyewitness News is contacting the Departments of Health in local counties to see what is being recommended in these circumstances.
The Weather Service advises for people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young
children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
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 lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. 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 9 1 1.