NEW YORK – A heat advisory has been issued for the five boroughs and much of New Jersey will be under an excessive heat watch as temperatures are forecast to soar to dangerous highs this weekend.
From noon Friday until 7 p.m. Saturday, a heat advisory will apply to Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens, according to the National Weather Service. The alert applies to the following New Jersey counties, as well: eastern Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union.
Hot temperatures and humid conditions are expected to push the heat index into the high 90s, the agency said.
That combination will increase the risk for heat-related health issues, especially for the elderly, those with chronic health problems, those working outdoors and other sensitive groups.
New Yorkers are urged to use air conditioning or go to a place with air conditions, and to check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors. To find a cooling center in the five boroughs, call 311 or visit nyc.gov/oem.
In western and south portions of New Jersey, the mercury is expected to climb even higher, with highs well into the 90s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the National Weather Service said.
An excessive heat watch will be in effect from Saturday morning through Monday afternoon for the following counties:
Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, western Chester, western Montgomery and upper Bucks.