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Heat Wave Continues As Temperatures Expected To Hit Near-Record Highs Saturday

A man relaxes on a bench in the along the High Line park during warm weather. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A man relaxes on a bench in the along the High Line park during warm weather. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There will be no relief from the heat this weekend as temperatures are expected to soar into the triple digits Saturday across much of the Tri-State Area.

Forecasters are calling for Saturday to be very hot and humid with highs in New York City expected to near 100 degrees with heat indexes reaching 105 to 110 degrees.

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for New York City until Saturday afternoon.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

Heat advisories, watches and warnings are also in effect for parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Rockland counties, where temperatures are also expected to soar to near record levels.

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Thunderstorms are expected to come through late Saturday and AccuWeather’s Dr. Joe Sobel said they may start to break the heat heading into Sunday.

Cooling centers are open. To find the cooling center closest to you, call 311 or visit OEM’s Cooling Center Locator.

To stay cool, remember to eat fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your internal temperature down, drink plenty of cool water and limit any strenuous activity.

Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible and if you do go outside, stay in the shade.

Remember to never leave children or pets alone in the car and check on the elderly and people with disabilities in your community who may need assistance keeping cool.

Also, avoid alcohol while you’re doing outdoor activities, because alcohol can actually dehydrate you more.

Doctors are also warning people to be extra careful about heat exhaustion. It can happen when you’ve been exposed to high temperatures for several days and have become dehydrated.

The warning signs include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, and weakness, along with dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting and even fainting, according to doctors.

Con Edison is also powering down in 11 neighborhoods in the southeast Bronx. The utility said it is is dropping voltage by 5 percent. It follows a similar reduction seen Thursday in 23 neighborhoods in central and southern Brooklyn.

“The voltage reductions there, people really for the most part wouldn’t notice. Five percent is not a major voltage reduction. It helps us to complete repairs and make sure that everything is stable and other equipment doesn’t get damaged,” Mike Clendenin, of Con Edison, told 1010 WINS.

Con Edison, meanwhile, has offered some energy-saving tips for customers trying to beat the heat without breaking the bank:

  • Make sure air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency.
  • Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by six percent, according to Con Ed.
  • Close off rooms not being used if you have a room air-conditioner. If you have central air, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms.
  • Turn off lights and other appliances.
  • Only run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler.

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