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NYC issues heat advisory, urges residents to stay safe ahead of scorching weekend

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As New Yorkers brace for a weekend of sweltering temperatures, city officials are urging everyone to take necessary precautions to stay cool and safe.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory, effective until 8 P.M. Sunday, June 23, with temperatures expected to soar and heat index values climbing to between 95 and 100 degrees.

In response to the extreme heat, cooling centers have been opened across the city, including 45 public schools on Sunday, each equipped to shelter and cool several hundred residents. To locate the nearest cooling center, residents can call 311 or use the City’s Cooling Center Finder online.

Mayor Eric Adams emphasized the importance of hydration, staying indoors during peak heat hours, and looking out for one another.

“We’ve expanded the number of cooling centers available and encourage everyone to utilize these resources or visit cool public spaces like museums and theaters,” Adams said. “Let’s stay prepared and safe.”

New Yorkers are advised to stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activities, and wear light clothing. Those without air conditioning at home should visit cooling centers or other air-conditioned spaces such as libraries, malls, or movie theaters.

The Health Department highlights that high heat can be particularly dangerous for older adults, children, and those with chronic health conditions. Recognizing signs of heat stroke—such as hot, dry skin, confusion, or rapid heartbeat—is crucial, and immediate action should be taken if symptoms appear.

Beachgoers are also cautioned against life-threatening rip currents at Atlantic-facing beaches this weekend. An Air Quality Health Advisory is in effect until 11 P.M. today due to ground-level ozone pollution.

NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol urged residents to limit outdoor activities and use air conditioning. “Beat the heat by turning on your air conditioner or visiting a Cooling Center,” he advised.

The city is also taking measures to assist vulnerable populations, including the homeless, through Code Red Alerts, ensuring access to shelters and cooling areas.

For additional information and tips on staying safe during the heatwave, visit NYC.gov/health or NYC.gov/beattheheat. Residents can sign up for Notify NYC to receive emergency alerts and updates in their preferred language and format.

As temperatures rise, New Yorkers are reminded to conserve energy to prevent power outages, by setting air conditioners to 78°F, keeping shades closed, and using appliances during cooler hours.

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