Excessive heat warning for the tri-state area: more on what that means, and how to overcome it

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NEW YORK — Most of the tri-state region was under an excessive heat warning on Wednesday and the National Weather Service warned people in the area to take it very seriously.

The warning was set to continue Thursday and a further one was expected Friday as a potential heat wave continued.

The average high in Downtown Brooklyn on this date is 84, but it was already 86 degrees before 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Through the day, it just got hotter.

The city’s emergency management commissioner, John Scrivani, advised people to do all that they can to stay cool.

“To be in AC is the safest way to go today,” he said, referring to air conditioning, in a PIX11 Morning News interview.

But he actually advised against setting the air conditioning too high, warning of blackouts and brownouts that can strain the region’s electric grid.

“Put that AC on a low setting,” he advised.

The city also has a network of dozens of cooling centers, in libraries, senior centers, community centers, and other public facilities citywide.  

A full service location tool for New York City cooling centers is here.   

There are other ways to stay cool, as well.  Tatiana Kong sat in the shade in Walt Whitman Park in Downtown Brooklyn, where there’s also a set of sprinklers that her two sons played in with their friends.

“Tomorrow is going to be hotter than today,” Kong said.  

The National Weather Service agrees.

The forecast calls for a high in the mid-90’s, with it feeling like 105 degrees or even hotter.

Dr. Adriana Quinones-Camacho, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, specializes in preventing heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

She said that the weather conditions for the rest of the week can lead to health dangers.

“The main mechanism that our bodies have to cool ourselves down is evaporation,” Dr. Quinones-Camacho said.  “That’s when we start to sweat.”

Current weather conditions cause problems with that.

“There’s too much humidity in the air, that our bodies cannot evaporate our own heat,” Dr. Quinones-Camacho said. “That’s where our body temperature can start to go up.”

Another excessive heat advisory is in place for Thursday, as well.  A further one is anticipated for Friday.  Both days have forecasted highs in the mid-90s.

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