Governor Directs State Parks to Offer Extended Hours at Swimming Facilities
Temperatures Expected to Top 90 Degrees Downstate and Can Profoundly Affect the Health and Safety of Older Adults and Young Children
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today warned New York's to remain safe as high temperatures are expected throughout the state. Heat Index Values will be in the upper 90s, with the highest heat index values occurring during the afternoons. To help New Yorkers stay cool, the Governor has directed the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to offer extended hours at state swimming facilities and other state parks during the current heat wave to help New Yorkers stay cool. The extended hours will begin today, July 19 and continue through Friday, July 21. A Heat Advisory has been posted for Westchester, Rockland, New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, in effect from 11 a.m. this morning to 6 p.m. Thursday. Heat Index Values will be in the upper 90s, with the highest heat index values occurring during the afternoons.
"Temperatures are expected to rise across New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island, and in order to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers, I have directed parks in affected regions to extend pool and beach hours throughout the state," Governor Cuomo said. "As heat advisories continue, I encourage everyone to stay informed of your local weather, take necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the heat, and take advantage of cooling stations that may be available in your area."
Heat Index Values will be in the upper 90s today and tomorrow, with the highest heat index values occurring during the afternoons. 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.
To ensure all New Yorkers can stay cool, the following beaches and pools have extended hours:
• 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
• 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.
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.
• 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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