July 20, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Directs State Parks to Offer Extended Hours at Pools and Beaches Downstate

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 State Parks in New York City, Long Island and the Mid-Hudson Valley to Offer Extended Hours with High Temperatures Expected Through Friday.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed State Parks to extend pool and beach hours in New York City, Long Island and the Mid-Hudson Valley as a result of dangerously high temperatures expected through Friday, July 21. The Governor is encouraging all New Yorker's to take precautions as Heat Index Values will be in the upper 90s, with the highest heat index values occurring during the afternoons.

"As temperatures reach dangerous levels in New York City, Long Island and the Mid-Hudson Valley, I am directing state parks to offer pool and beach access to New Yorkers during extended park hours to help ensure men, women and children remain cool through the weekend," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge everyone to stay informed of local weather and protect yourself and your loved ones from these high temperatures." 

The following beaches and pools are offering extended hours: 

Mid-Hudson Region

  • Bear Mountain Pool is extending its swim hours until 6:30 p.m.
  • Rockland Lake Pool will remain open until 6:45 p.m.
  • Lake Welch Beach will remain open until 7 p.m.
  • FDR State Park Pool will remain open until 6:30 p.m.
  • Lake Taghkanic Beach will remain open until 7 p.m.


New York City

  • Sprinklers will be added to Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens and East River State Park in Brooklyn 

Long Island: 

  • The ocean beaches at Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow, Hither Hills State Parks and the Jones Beach West Bathhouse Pool will remain open until 8 p.m.
  • Swimming along the Sound at Wildwood and Orient Beach will be extended until 7 p.m.
  • Montauk Downs State Park Pool will also remain open until 7 p.m.

A Heat Advisory has been posted for Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties through 6 p.m. today, July 20. A Heat Advisory has also been issued for Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond Counties through 8 p.m. tonight. Extended park hours began Wednesday, July 19 and will continue through Friday, July 21.

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

Swimming may be affected by hazardous weather or changing water conditions. Please check State Parks' website, www.nysparks.com, or call the park directly, to confirm availability.

State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, "State parks beaches and pools offer the best place to cool off when the heat index rises. Thank you Governor Cuomo for offering more opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors comfortably" 

Office of the Aging Acting Director Greg Olsen said, "Extreme heat and humidity can be serious, and can be particularly dangerous for older adults. Older adults, especially those who are low-income, live alone, have chronic conditions or who take certain medications, are more susceptible to heat-related illness. During summer months, neighbors and family members should check on older individuals daily to make sure they are healthy and safe."

Health Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker said, "While periods of high heat and humidity are not a surprise during the summer months, prolonged or intense exposure to hot temperatures can affect health and must be taken seriously. I encourage all New Yorkers to take precautions to safeguard against heat stroke and to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses so you can respond accordingly if you or someone you know experiences heat-related health issues."

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino, Sr. said, "Temperatures downstate are expected to climb significantly this week. Take precautions to protect yourself from the heat, especially if you work outside, have small children or have health concerns. Most importantly, be a good neighbor and check on older friends and neighbors and those with special needs."  

People who are most at risk when temperatures are high include older individuals and small children, those with weight or alcohol problems and people on certain medications or drugs.

Cooling centers will be open today and tomorrow in New York City. To find the nearest cooling center and hours of operation, call 311 or visit: www.nyc.gov/beattheheat. For cooling center locations across the state visit: www.health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling/index.htm

Know the Signs of Heat-Related Health Effects 

Heat Stroke: Also known as sunstroke, heat stroke can be life threatening. Body temperature can rise and cause brain damage; death may result if the individual is not cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red, and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse, and shallow breathing. A cold bath or sponge can provide relief and lower body temperature.

Heat Exhaustion: While less dangerous than heat stroke, heat exhaustion poses health concerns and it most often occurs when people exercise too heavily or work in warm, humid places where body fluids are lost. Signals include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness and exhaustion. If symptoms occur, move the victim out of sun, and apply cool, wet cloths.

Sunburn: Sunburn slows the skin's ability to cool itself. Signals include redness and pain; in severe cases, swelling of skin, blisters, fever, and headaches can occur. Ointments can be a relief for pain in mild cases. A physician should see serious cases. To protect yourself, wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating (SPF) of at least 15. Always re-apply sunscreen after periods of heavy sweating or swimming.

Heat Cramps: Muscular pains and spasms are often caused by heavy exertion. Loss of water and salt from sweating causes cramping. Signals are abdominal and leg muscle pain. Relief can be firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massages to relieve cramping. Remember to hydrate often while exercising or working outdoors.

Heat Rash: Skin irritation that looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. Try to move the person to a cool place, keep the affected area dry, and have the person use talcum powder to increase comfort.

Energy Conservation

  • Power outages are more likely to occur during warm weather, when utility usage is at its peak. To avoid putting a strain on the power grid, conserve energy to help prevent power disruptions.
  • Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees. Only use the air conditioner when you are home.
  • Turn non-essential appliances off only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads early in the morning or very late at night. 

For more information, visit: www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hot or www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/heataware.cfm. To receive up-to-the-minute weather alerts in your area, sign up for free today at www.nyalert.gov.

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