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New Yorkers look to keep cool as extreme heat blankets city

Posted: 9:14 AM, Aug 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-14 17:36:04-04

NEW YORK — The blistering heat is here to stay throughout the weekend, bringing in sticky and humid weather that will make it feel over 100 degrees.

The National Weather Service extended an excessive heat warning in New York City and southern New York throughout the weekend as temperatures are expected to reach a high of 110 degrees. The warning went into effect Friday and was expected to end Saturday at 8 a.m.

The warning will now remain in effect until Sunday at 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service . Expect hot, humid and muggy weather by mid to late afternoon Saturday when temperatures will soar to potentially dangerous highs.

The heat index values — or how the heat and humidity will feel combined — on Saturday and Sunday will peak at 105 to 110 degrees.

There will be some scattered showers and thunderstorms, but PIX11 meteorologist Linda Church says these events won't make it feel any cooler . During the night, lows are expected to hit around the 80s, but still hotter than normal.

The oppressive, hot weather has been sweeping the tri-state since Wednesday. Temperatures peaked in the mid to upper 90s on Wednesday when a heat advisory was in effect.

An excessive heat warning is issued when heat and humidity together is said to make it feel over 100 degrees. The elderly, people with health issues or those working outdoors are especially susceptible to heat related injuries.

“The extreme heat our city will experience in the coming days is dangerous, and can be fatal, especially for vulnerable populations like seniors and people with chronic medical conditions,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

People are advised to turn on their air conditioners, and those without one are urged to locate cooling centers by calling 311 or visiting NYC Emergency Management’s Cooling Center Finder at www.nyc.gov/beattheheat .

Cooling centers are air conditioned facilities, such as libraries or community centers, that are open to the public. The city will keep these open with extended hours through Sunday.

And as always, children and pets should never be left in vehicles, and people are encouraged to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors.

For more tips on how to stay safe and cool, people are encouraged to visit the mayor's website .