NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – More than 400 air-conditioned cooling centers will be open Monday in New York City as the Tri-State Area continues to deal with the sweltering heat.
Forecasters say it will be very warm and humid with a high around 89 degrees. There is also a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m.
Officials recommend staying indoors in the air conditioning, drinking water regularly, putting on sunscreen, wearing loose-fitting clothing and taking a cool shower or bath. Advice that New Yorkers were doing their best to follow.
“I got to a movie on Saturday and then I came home and I stayed home from Saturday until today,” Irene Hack told CBS 2′s Tracee Carrasco.
The sweltering temperatures boosted sales of hot weather items like fans and air conditioners.
“It was very busy because it was kind of hot, everyone was sweating and we did very good,” Nabil Asaid told CBS 2′s Carrasco when she stopped by Gartner’s Hardware.
New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno said the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions and those taking certain medications are more vulnerable to heat than others.
Authorities also said it’s important to know the symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion.
Some signs of heat stroke include hot, red and dry skin, changes in consciousness, a rapid or weak pulse and shallow
Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness and exhaustion.
Cooling center locations across New York City include senior centers, Salvation Army community centers and public libraries. To find a cooling center near you, call the 311 hotline or click here.
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