Governor Hochul Urges New Yorkers to Prepare For Extreme Heat Beginning on Tuesday (2023)

Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers across the State to prepare for dangerous heat conditions beginning Tuesday and expected to last through Thursday as a combination of hot temperatures and moderate-to-high humidity levels are expected to cause heat index values in the 90s and potentially the low 100s in certain areas, including the New York City region.

On Tuesday, the threat of dangerously high heat will be downstate in New York City, Long Island, and the lower Mid-Hudson regions. By Wednesday, most of the state will be blanketed with high heat and humidity with temperatures hovering around 95 degrees. On Thursday, downstate regions will likely experience the most dangerous heat conditions, with heat index values currently expected to break the 100-degree mark.

"The next several days will bring extreme heat throughout the state with dangerous heat indices potentially reaching into the 100s," Governor Hochul said. "I am urging all New Yorkers to prepare for heat and humidity this week and to keep a close eye on the weather over the next couple of days. As New Yorkers, we take care of one another, so please don't forget to check on neighbors, especially seniors, those with young children, and people with disabilities."

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, "The effects of high heat and humidity over the course of a few days create dangerous conditions that can lead to heat stress and illness. New Yorkers should do their best to stay indoors and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. If you choose to exercise or have to work outside, try to do so in the early morning or evening hours when the sun is down, and temperatures are not as extreme."

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"July is typically one of the hottest times of the year in our State, and as the temperature rises it is imperative that we become more vigilant about protecting our most vulnerable citizens from the extreme heat, in addition to keeping young children safe from the dangers of hot cars, trucks or vans," said New York State Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez who oversees the NYS Division of Consumer Protection. "To help save lives and thwart needless tragedies, I encourage all New Yorkers to learn a few important safety tips and to implement cautionary measures to ensure the wellbeing of the children in their care or any child they encounter in danger."

New Yorkers should monitor local weather forecasts for the most up-to-date information. For a complete listing of weather watches, warnings, advisories and latest forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.

The New York State Department of Health also reminds New Yorkers that heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people suffer from the effects of extreme heat. Some individuals are at a higher risk for heat-related illness than others. New Yorkers should learn the risk factors and symptoms of heat-related illness to protect themselves and those they love.

Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Hot, dry, red skin
  • A rapid pulse
  • Rapid and shallow breathing
  • A body temperature higher than 105°
  • Loss of alertness, confusion, and/or loss of consciousness.

New Yorkers can learn more, including locations for cooling centers, at the dedicated webpage here.

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Agency Preparations
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Emergency Operations Center is monitoring weather conditions, communicating with local emergency managers and will coordinate any response needs from local governments. The State's stockpiles are prepared to deploy assets to support localities in need.

Department of Public Service
The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) will be monitoring electric system conditions and overseeing utility response to any situations that may arise as a result of this week's extreme heat. DPS has been in direct contact with utility leaders to ensure they are preparing their systems for the extreme heat and will be tracking system conditions throughout the event. If necessary, DPS will activate the peak load reduction program for all New York State agencies; the New York Independent System Operator will activate their voluntary Emergency Response Demand Program to curtail load as necessary; and New York's utilities have approximately 5,500 workers available, as necessary, to engage in damage assessment, response, repair, and restoration efforts across New York State, for this heat event. Agency staff will track utilities' work throughout the event and ensure utilities shift appropriate staffing to regions that experience the greatest impact.

Heat Tips
Excessive heat is the leading cause of preventable, weather-related deaths each year, particularly among the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat causes more than 600 preventable deaths in the United States every year. To help New Yorkers stay safe during excessive heat, follow the below guidance:

Be Prepared
Taking precautions to avoid heat exhaustion is important, and this includes adjusting your schedule to avoid the outdoors during the hottest hours of the day and modifying your diet and water intake when possible.

  • Reduce strenuous activities and exercises, especially from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., which are peak sunlight hours.
  • Exercise should be conducted early in the morning, before 7 a.m.
  • Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables. Protein produces and increases metabolic heat, which causes water loss. Eat small meals but eat more often. Do not eat salty foods.
  • Drink at least two to four glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • If possible, stay out of the sun and stay in air conditioning. The sun heats the inner core of your body, resulting in dehydration. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine, or go to a public building with air conditioning
  • If you must go outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head.
  • When outdoors, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and over-warming effects of sunlight on your body.
  • Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked vehicle, especially during periods of intense summer heat. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.
  • Try to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are elderly, have young children or have disabilities. Make sure there is enough food and water for your pets.
  • Prolonged exposure to the heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. Call 911 if you or someone you know shows signs or symptoms of heat illness, including headache, light headedness, muscle cramps, nausea, and vomiting.

Conserve Electricity

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Taking smart steps to reduce energy use, particularly during periods of peak demand, not only helps to lower the state's peak load but also saves consumers money when electricity is the most expensive. To reduce energy use, particularly during peak periods, the public is encouraged to take some of the following low- or no-cost energy saving measures:

  • Close drapes, windows, and doors on your home's sunny side to reduce solar heat buildup.
  • Turn off air conditioners, lights, and other appliances when not at home and use a timer to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home. Use advanced power strips to centrally "turn off" all appliances and save energy.
  • Fans can make rooms feel 10 degrees cooler and use 80 percent less energy than air conditioners.
  • If purchasing an air conditioner, look for an ENERGY STAR qualified model, which uses up to 25 percent less energy than a standard model.
  • Set your air conditioner at 78 degrees or higher to save on your cooling costs.
  • Place your air conditioner in a central window, rather than a corner window, to allow for better air movement.
  • Consider placing the unit on the north, east or the best-shaded side of your home. Your air conditioner will have to work harder and use more energy if it is exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Seal spaces around the air conditioner with caulking to prevent cool air from escaping.
  • Clean the cooling and condenser fans plus the coils to keep your air conditioner operating efficiently and check the filter every month and replace as needed.
  • Use appliances such as washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and ovens early in the morning or late at night. This will also help reduce humidity and heat in the home.
  • Use energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs instead of standard incandescent light bulbs, and you can use 75 percent less energy.
  • Microwave food when possible. Microwaves use approximately 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens.
  • Dry clothes on a clothesline. If using a clothes dryer, remember to clean the dryer's lint trap before every load.
  • Be mindful of the different ways you're consuming water throughout your home. Instead of using 30 to 40 gallons of water to take a bath, install a low-flow showerhead, which uses less than 3 gallons a minute.
  • Lowering the temperature setting on your wash machine and rinsing in cold water will reduce energy use.
  • Additional tips on how to conserve energy is available on NYSERDA's website here.

Water Safety

Boaters should make sure to take proper safety precautions when enjoying the many boating opportunities New York State has to offer. The State Parks Marine Services Bureau reminds boaters to practice safe and responsible boating, including:

  • Wear a personal flotation device whenever they are on the water. State law requires that children under age 12 wear a personal flotation device while on a watercraft.
  • Complete a safe boating course.
  • Properly equip and inspect their vessel.
  • Maintain a prudent speed.
  • Refrain from mixing alcohol with boating.
  • Check the weather before heading out on the water to learn about potential storms and seek immediate shelter on shore if thunder is audible.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Sheila J. Poole said, "Everyone can help prevent hot car deaths, and it's especially urgent with the high temperatures we're experiencing across the state. First and most importantly, never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows open partially. And make it a habit to put something you need in the back next to your child's car seat: keys, a purse or briefcase, or your cell phone to help you remember to look before you lock. These two actions cansave a child's life."

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said, "Parents and guardians should never leave a child or a pet alone in a hot car even if the windows are rolled down as temperatures can soar to dangerous levels within minutes. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and take appropriate precautions becausechildren and pets can develop illnesses such as hyperthermia or even die from heatstroke."

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Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner and Governor's Traffic Safety Committee ChairMark J.F. Schroedersaid, "As the temperatures rise across the state, I urge parents, caregivers, and pet owners to make checking the back seat of your vehicle for children and pets as part of your routine. It is easy to get distracted and forget about a child or pet sleeping or sitting quietly in the backseat. Please look before you lock. Cars heat up quickly so leaving a child or pet in a car for even a short time can be extremely dangerous, and when you're not using your car, remember to lock your doors so children are not tempted to climb into the vehicle to play."

People paddling canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards should know their abilities and take precautions when there are high or steady winds creating large waves, or when they are in strong currents. Paddlers in waters where there are motorboats should keep close to shorelines and out of main channels.

You can also find more information about where you can locate a Cooling Center near you and other helpful extreme heat-related advice, by visiting the New York State Department of Health's emergency weather webpage.

For more information about boating safety, including listings of boating safety courses, and marine recreation in New York State, click here.

Summer heat can lead to the formation of ground-level ozone, a major component of photochemical smog. DEC and DOH will issue Air Quality Health Advisories when DEC meteorologists predict levels of pollution, either ozone or fine particulate matter, are expected to exceed an Air Quality Index value of 100. Information about the Air Quality forecast for New York State can be found here.

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How to prepare for a heat wave? ›

Take cool showers or baths.
  1. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  2. Use your oven less to help reduce the temperature in your home.
  3. If you're outside, find shade. ...
  4. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  5. Avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors, during midday heat, if possible.
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What is considered a heat wave in New York? ›

Heat Wave: the National Weather Service defines a heat wave as at least three consecutive days with high temperatures of at least 90°F.

What should I stock up on for a heat wave? ›

Make sure to fill up your bathtubs and sinks with fresh water, and stock up on bottled water as well. You should also have sports drinks or electrolyte-rich beverages on hand, as they can help replace the salt and minerals that your body loses when you sweat.”

How do you prepare your body for extreme heat? ›

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.

What is the hottest temperature ever hit in NY? ›

The highest temperature of record in New York State is 108° F at Troy on July 22, 1926. Temperatures of 107° F have been observed at Lewiston, Elmira, Poughkeepsie and New York City.

What is the legal temperature for heat in NYC? ›

Between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am, the inside temperature is required to be at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Click a topic, or press the enter key on a topic, to reveal its answer. If you are a tenant without heat or hot water, contact your landlord first.

Is it illegal to not have heat in NYC? ›

NYC Heating Laws

From 6 AM - 10 PM: if the outside temperature falls below 55°F, then the inside temperature must be at least 68°F everywhere in your apartment and in your building.

Should I water every day during heat wave? ›

Water Regularly

When it's unusually hot your plants will be extra thirsty, which is why it's especially important to stay on top of watering during a heat wave. Because extreme temperatures can impair plants' ability to take up water via their roots, you'll want to water deeply during this time.

Should I water during heat wave? ›

In times of extreme heat, 1-2 times each week may be necessary. Know your plants though! Some plants prefer almost zero water during summer (manzanita, Ceanothus, madrone and cistus) and others wilt even when they have ample water (hydrangea, rhododendron). So adjust watering accordingly.

How often should I water during a heat wave? ›

Don't water during the day

Nowak said when it gets so hot during the day, homeowners should be watering twice a day, but not while the sun is shinin full blast.

How long does it take to acclimate to the heat? ›

The best way to acclimatize yourself to the heat is to increase the workload performed in a hot setting gradually over a period of 1–2 weeks. You begin to lose your acclimatization after about 1 week away from working in the heat.

How do you survive extreme heat without air conditioning? ›

Here are 14 methods for doing so.
  1. Stay hydrated. ...
  2. Take a cold shower or bath. ...
  3. Use cold washrags on your neck or wrists. ...
  4. Use box fans. ...
  5. Close your curtains or blinds. ...
  6. Sleep in breathable linens. ...
  7. Install energy-efficient light bulbs. ...
  8. Cook in the morning, with a slow cooker or outside.
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Can you train your body to withstand heat? ›

Dr. Youngquist: The short answer, Scot, is yes, you can build up tolerance to heat exposure, and this has been shown for some time now, experimentally, with human volunteer subjects, that you can take them and, typically, under conditions of exercise.

What is the hottest city in New York? ›

According to Cheapism, the warmest town or city in New York is in fact, New York City. The warmest place period, on average, is La Guardia Airport, which averages 1 degree higher than the rest of the city at 63 degrees.

What is the hottest temperature ever recorded on a human? ›

Explanation: In 1980, 52-year-old Willie Jones was admitted to the hospital with a heatstroke and a temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit and was discharged from the hospital 24 days later. He is the record holder for the highest body temperature.

What is the hottest it's ever gotten on Earth? ›

#1 Death Valley, United States – 134 degrees

On July 10, 1913, at the Furnace Creek weather station, thermometers recorded 134 degrees, the highest temperature ever measured.

Do I have to pay rent if there is no heat NYC? ›

According to New York City heating regulations, your landlord must provide sufficient heat and hot water. If your apartment is not warm enough during NYC heating season you should take action including calling 311 to report them and even withholding rent if the heat isn't turned on quickly.

What heat are you not allowed to work in? ›

There's no law for maximum working temperature, or when it's too hot to work. Employers must stick to health and safety at work law, including: keeping the temperature at a comfortable level, sometimes known as thermal comfort. providing clean and fresh air.

How hot is too hot to stay in a house? ›

Hot temperatures of 78°F (25.56°C) or over are too hot for inside a house. It's recommended to maintain around 72°F (22.22°C) to stay comfortable indoors for long durations. If your house is too hot consistently, this could lead to health problems such as heat stroke, heart attack, and dehydration. What is this?

When can landlords stop giving heat in NYC? ›

When Can Landlords Turn Off Heat In NY? Landlords are not required to provide heat if the temperature in the apartment is already above 68 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, landlords are allowed to turn off the heat if they are doing repairs that require the heat to be turned off.

Is it illegal to warm up your car in New York? ›

Under section 1210 of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, a car may not be left idling and unattended with the key in the ignition and the parking brake unset. Though the law allows you to let the engine run if you are sitting inside the car, you could receive a citation if you leave the vehicle idling.

What is the legal temperature for tenants in NY? ›

NYC heat regulations state that, between 6am and 10pm, the temperature inside your home should be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit when the temperature outside drops below 55 degrees.

How can you protect yourself during a heat wave? ›

Stay Cool
  1. Stay cool indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible.
  2. Wear appropriate clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing.
  3. Don't use an electric fan when the indoor air temperature is over 95°F. ...
  4. Use your stove and oven less.

What should you not do during a heat wave? ›

Have cold food and drinks, avoid alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks, and have a cool shower or put cool water on your skin or clothes. Keep your living space cool. Close windows during the day and open them at night when the temperature outside has gone down. Electric fans can help if the temperature is below 35 degrees.

What temperature is too hot for the elderly? ›

When the temperature climbs above 80°F, older adults need to be proactive and take precautions to avoid ailments due to excessive heat.

Does closing windows keep heat out? ›

If the temperature is higher outside than it is inside, you should keep your windows and curtains closed. This will shut the heat out, and help to keep your home cool.

Is it better to close windows in hot weather? ›

keep your home cool - shutting windows when it's hotter outside than inside may help. open your windows at night - when it's cooler. keep drinking fluids. do strenuous outdoor activities, like DIY or gardening during cooler parts of the day, like early morning.

Is it better to water at night or in the morning? ›

Morning watering is actually preferable to evening watering as the plant has time to dry before the sun goes down. At night, water tends to rest in the soil, around the roots, and on the foliage, which encourages rot, fungal growth, and insects.

What happens if you don't drink water in the heat? ›

Drinking water helps replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating. 1 If you don't get enough water, you may become dehydrated, and the combination of hot temperatures and dehydration can lead to serious heat-related illnesses.

Should I water grass twice a day in extreme heat? ›

Highlights. Avoid watering grass on a hot afternoon when it's 95 degrees or higher. The best time to water grass is at dawn or in the early evening. Water deeply three times a week instead of a little water daily.

Should you turn your AC off during a heat wave? ›

Don't turn your system on and off – during a heatwave, it's better to run your AC / Heat Pump at 78 degrees while you out running errands or at work and let it maintain this temperature instead of turning it off while you are gone and then turning it back on again when the home interior exceeds 80+ degrees.

Do cold showers help in a heatwave? ›

Glen Coulson a health and water expert from Cladding Direct, said: "Despite a cold shower feeling like the perfect solution to hot weather, cold water will decrease the amount of blood flow to the skin, and won't actually lower the body's core temperature – which is what the body is working desperately hard to ...

How do you survive a heat wave without air conditioning? ›

Here are 14 methods for doing so.
  1. Stay hydrated. ...
  2. Take a cold shower or bath. ...
  3. Use cold washrags on your neck or wrists. ...
  4. Use box fans. ...
  5. Close your curtains or blinds. ...
  6. Sleep in breathable linens. ...
  7. Install energy-efficient light bulbs. ...
  8. Cook in the morning, with a slow cooker or outside.
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