UPDATE 7/19: Mayor Bill de Blasio has cancelled Ozy Fest, Triathlon; other events affected, click here for details
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Just days away from the weekend, New York City is already bracing itself for a scorcher.
The city that never sleeps is about to sweat, reports CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn.
“I’m frightened to even face that,” said Yonette Grogan of Chelsea. “What if I just melt in the street when I’m walking.”
Temperatures this weekend are expected to feel in the 100s, so many are questioning if their scheduled plans will be worth it.
“I’ve been sweating since I got here,” said Florida-native Sean Seenalack.
Seenalack and his family, visiting New York from Orlando, are second guessing their plans to camp for the day just north of the city.
“I don’t think we will be able to do it,” he said. “Stay in with a place that has good air conditioning.”
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For other major weekend events though, the show must go on.
With the Pinknic music festival picnic on Randalls Island, organizers say they’re bringing in a brand new water feature for all attendees to cool off.
At Ozy Fest, crews are setting up the stage for the interactive festival in Central Park, adding misting fans and providing unlimited free water this year. This New Jersey woman still wants to go
“I just want to kids to have fun when they come for my granddaughter’s birthday,” said Elizabeth Banda of Cliffside Park, N.J.
As for sporting events, Yankee Stadium plans on having hydration stations and water fountains.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging the 2019 New York City Triathlon to postpone the event. Officials only saying in a tweet they’ll review possible changes.
“Water is the best thing to rehydrate with,” said Dr. Dyan Hes, medical director of Gramercy Pediatrics.
Hes says besides drinking water, the best thing to do this weekend is take breaks so you don’t dehydrate.
“In this kind of heat, it can happened really quickly, within an hour or two, especially if you’re dancing or playing extreme sports,” said Hes.
Heat Safety Tips:
- Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.
- If you do go outside, stay in the shade.
- If your home is not air-conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air-conditioned mall, library or other public place.
- Wear sunscreen outside along with loose-fitting, light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
- Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol and sugary drinks which speeds dehydration.
- Never leave children or pets alone in the car.
- Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day.
- Take a cool shower or bath.
- Make sure to leave plenty of water for your pets.
- Keep shades and blinds closed
- Keep your air conditioner low or 78 degrees
- Be a good neighbor, check on elderly and people with disabilities in your community who may need assistance keeping cool.
- Additionally, residents should contact their local and/or county offices of emergency management regarding any open air-conditioned senior centers or cooling stations.
- Encourage them to use their AC or help them get to a cool place.
- Make sure they are drinking enough water.
- During heat emergencies, NYC Cooling Centers are open.
- For locations and hours, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/oem.