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New York City To Open Cooling Centers As Tri-State Readies For Heat Wave

No Joke, Heat Index Expected To Reach 100 Degrees On Thursday
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A man tries to cool himself with a bottle of water. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, FILE)

A man tries to cool himself with a bottle of water. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, FILE)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Tri-State Area is bracing for a major heat wave over the next couple of days.

According to AccuWeather, temperatures will reach 93 degrees on Wednesday and could reach a record-high of 97 on Thursday.

The high temperatures along with the rise in humidity will put the heat index at or higher than 100 degrees by Thursday afternoon.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for Long Island because of high ozone levels.  That advisory is in effect through 10 p.m. Tuesday.  The same advisory will be effect for New York City, Rockland and Westchester counties on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

RELATED LINKS: AccuWeather Forecast | Heat Advisory | Special Weather Statement

A Heat Advisory is also in effect from noon to 8 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.

As a result, the city will open cooling centers on both days. The centers — spread across the five boroughs — will include senior centers, libraries and New York City Housing Authority and Salvation Army community centers, where air conditioning is available.

To find a cooling center near you, call 311, or use the Office of Emergency Management’s Cooling Center Finder at www.nyc.gov/oem.

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