Excessive heat watch in effect for Monday

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NEW YORK — The National Weather Service announced Sunday an excessive heat watch for New York City and surrounding areas on Monday.

The watch will start Monday morning and end Monday afternoon. The highest temperatures will occur in the afternoon.

Temperatures will reach the upper 90s but the heat index could reach 107 degrees.

Excessive heat can irritate existing health conditions, especially for the elderly. Those with lung and heart disease and other heat sensitive conditions are at an increased risk for heat illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration.

The National Weather Service suggests using air conditioning at home or going to a place that has air conditioning. Cooling centers around the city will be open as well.

If you plan on doing any activity outside, especially if it's strenuous, reschedule it for the early morning or later evening hours when the temperatures won't be at their peak.

Stay hydrated and make sure children and pets are hydrated too.