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Scorcher begins Tuesday with air quality, heat alerts

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NEW YORK — Heat advisories and air quality alerts are in effect for much of the tri-state Tuesday as a round of suffocating heat moves in, pushing the temperature and humidity to dangerous highs.

"Whatever you do, if you could stay indoors, you will not regret it today," PIX11 News meteorologist Linda Church said. "It's one of those days, it's so hot it's just not enjoyable outside."

A heat advisory has been issued for the five boroughs starting noon Tuesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Heat index values -- the combination of air temperature and humidity, or so-called "feels like" temperature -- are expected to climb into the mid- to upper-90s.

That's high enough that prolonged exposure to the scorching elements "will result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke," the NWS warned.

The suffocating heat prompted air quality alerts for New York City, Long Island, southern Connecticut and much of New Jersey, per the NWS.

A scattered shower or thunderstorm is possible Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday's high temperature is expected to be near 90 and Wednesday's high is forecast to climb into the mid-90s.

Residents living under these weather advisories are urged to move slowly, seek air conditioning, avoid exercise in the afternoon when it's hottest, and drink lots of water.

Anyone working outside should take frequent rests in shaded or air conditioned environments, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
To find a cooling center in New York City, click here or call 311.

It's not until Thursday that the sweltering weather pattern begins to turn around, Church said.