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Governor Hochul ‘Prepare for Extreme Heat’ Tuesday-Thursday (List of over 45 Onondaga County Cooling Centers)

High Heat and Humidity Expected to Impact Most of State from Tuesday to Thursday with Heat Index Values in the High 90s and Low 100s

Governor Hochul Encourages New Yorkers to Visit Regional Cooling Centers, Stay Indoors and Check on Vulnerable Neighbors as Extreme Heat and Humidity Poses a Danger to Everyone, Particularly Elderly Populations and Small Children

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.

Gov. Kathleen Hochul

“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.”

“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.

Onondaga County Cooling Centers Call before you go to make sure the cooling center is open

Baldwinsville Public Library 33 E Genesee St, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 315-635-5631 Call for operating hours
Beauchamp Branch Library 2111 S Salina St, Colvin, NY 13205 315-435-3395 Call for operating hours
Betts Branch Library 4862 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13205 315-435-1940 Call for operating hours
Camillus Senior Center 25 1/2 First St, Camillus, NY 13031 315-672-3163 Mon-Fri, 9 am-2 pm
Central Library-The Galleries of Syracuse 447 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13202 315-435-1900 Mon-Fri, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cicero Senior Center 5924 Lathrop Dr, Cicero, NY 13039 315-452-3298 Call for operating hours
Destiny USA 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse, NY 13204 315-466-6000 Call for operating hours
Dewitt Community Library 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville, NY 13078 315-446-3578 Call for operating hours
Dewitt Town Hall 5400 Butternut Dr, De Witt, NY 13057 315-446-3910 Call for operating hours
Dunbar Center 1453 S State St, Syracuse, NY 13205 315-760-3185 Only open part time
East Syracuse Free Library 4990 James St, East Syracuse, NY 13057 315-437-4841 Call for operating hours
Elbridge Free Library 241 E Main St, Elbridge, NY 13060 315-689-7111 Call for operating hours
Fairmount Community Library 406 Chapel Dr, Syracuse, NY 13219 315-487-8933 Call for operating hours
Fayetteville Free Library 300 Orchard St, Fayetteville, NY 13066 315-637-6374 Call for operating hours
Fayetteville Senior Center 584 E Genesee St, Fayetteville, NY 13066 315-637-9025 Mon-Fri, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hazard Branch Library 1620 W Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13204 315-435-5326 Call for operating hours
Jewish Community Center 5655 Thompson Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214 315-445-2360 Call for operating hours
Jordan Bramley Library 15 Mechanic St, Jordan, NY 13080 315-689-3296 Call for operating hours
Jordan Elbridge Community Center 1 Route 31, Jordan, NY 13080 315-689-9031 Mon-Thur 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Fri 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Lafayette Public Library 2577 Route 11, La Fayette, NY 13084 315-677-3782 Call for operating hours
Liverpool Public Library 310 Tulip St, Liverpool, NY 13088 315-457-0310 Call for operating hours
Magnarelli Community Center (MagCC) 2300 Grant Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13208 315-473-2673 Mon-Fri, 8:15 am – 2 pm
Manlius Library 1 Arkie Albanese Way, Manlius, NY 13104 315-682-6400 Call for operating hours
Manlius Senior Center 1 Arkie Albanese Way, Manlius, NY 13104 315-682-7889 Mon-Fri, 10 am-3 pm
Marcellus Free Library 32 Maple St, Marcellus, NY 13108 315-673-3221 Call for operating hours
Maxwell Memorial Library 14 Genesee St, Camillus, NY 13031 315-672-3661 Call for operating hours
Minoa Library 242 N Main St, Minoa, NY 13116 315-656-7401 Call for operating hours
Mundy Branch Library 1204 S Geddes St, Syracuse, NY 13204 315-435-3797 Call for operating hours
NOPL at Brewerton 5437 Library St, Brewerton, NY 13029 315-676-7484 Call for operating hours
NOPL at Cicero 8686 Knowledge Ln, Clay, NY 13039 315-699-2032 Call for operating hours
NOPL at North Syracuse 100 Trolley Barn Ln, Syracuse, NY 13212 315-458-6184 Call for operating hours
Northeast Community Center 716 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY 13203 315-472-6343 Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Onondaga Free Library 4840 W Seneca Tpke, Syracuse, NY 13215 315-492-1727 Call for operating hours
Onondaga Senior Center 4834 Velasko Rd, Syracuse, NY 13215 315-469-3464 Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Paine Branch Library 113 Nichols Ave, Syracuse, NY 13206 315-435-5442 Call for operating hours
Petit Branch Library 105 Victoria Pl, Syracuse, NY 13210 315-435-3636 Call for operating hours
Robert Cecile Community Center 174 W Seneca Tpke, Colvin, NY 13205 315-473-2678 Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Salina Civic Center 2826 Lemoyne Ave, Syracuse, NY 13211 315-455-7096 Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-4 pm
Salina Library 100 Belmont St, Syracuse, NY 13211 315-454-4524 Call for operating hours
Salvation Army Senior Center 749 S Warren St, Syracuse, NY 13202 315-479-1332 Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Skaneateles Community Center 97 State St, Skaneateles, NY 13152 315-685-2266 Mon-Fri, 5:30 am to 9:30pm
Skaneateles Library 49 E Genesee St, Skaneateles, NY 13152 315-685-5135 Call for operating hours
Solvay Public Library 615 Woods Rd, Syracuse, NY 13209 315-468-2441 Call for operating hours
Soule Branch Library 101 Springfield Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214 315-435-5320 Call for operating hours
Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility at Southwest Community Center 401 South Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13204 315-474-6823 Call for operating hours
Tully Free Library 12 State St, Tully, NY 13159 315-696-8606 Call for operating hours
Westcott Community Center 826 Euclid Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210 315-478-8634 Mon-Fri, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
White Branch Library 763 Butternut St, Syracuse, NY 13208 315-435-3519 Call for operating hours

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

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.


Children & Pet Safety 

According to New York State Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Sheila J. Poole, “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 can save 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 because children and pets can develop illnesses such as hyperthermia or even die from heatstroke.”

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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