It’s going to be Hot in Central New York, What to Do in Extreme Heat Conditions and Where to go to Stay Cool

State and local leaders have delivered a message, due to “Extreme Heat Warning” weather conditions forecast over the next 24-36 hours.  New York State Parks, Onondaga County beaches, city of Syracuse pools and assorted splash sites have extended their hours (see details below). Several Churches have opened their doors, as have some area community centers. Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs in Syracuse, the Mary Nelson Youth Center is open today and Saturday 9:00 am until 6 pm.

New York State Governor Cuomo Urges Caution, Issues Preparation for Heat Tips

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo urged New Yorkers statewide to take precautions ahead of potentially dangerous heat conditions that are expected to begin on Friday, July 19 and last through Monday, July 22. Heat index values ranging from the mid-90s to more than 100 degrees are possible throughout the entire timeframe.

Onondaga County Issues Warnings and Excessive Heat related information including Cooling Centers and Beach extended Hours

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon II

Starting Friday, July 19th, Jamesville Beach will open an hour earlier starting at 10 A.M. and remain open an hour later, closing at 7 P.M.

County Executive McMahon said, “A trip to Jamesville Beach with family and friends is a great way to try and stay cool this weekend. I am happy to be able to extend the hours of this great county park to help people try and beat the heat.”

Onondaga County reminds the community to check on their elderly neighbors, friends and family as well as their pets over the weekend. There are also plenty of cooling centers open.

A full list can be found here:


City of Syracuse Opens Cooling Centers, Extending Hours for City Pools and Spray/Splash Locations

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh

“We are expecting very high temperatures on Friday and extreme heat conditions on Saturday,” said Mayor Walsh. “We want to be sure that those who can’t get access to a safe space have somewhere to go. People should also keep an eye on their neighbors and on those who might live alone. If they need a place to go, help them get to one of our neighborhood sites.”

The City of Syracuse has outdoor water features – fountains and sprayers – at nine locations:

  • Lower Onondaga Spray Pad (activated by a small silver button on both sides of pad)
  • McKinley Park Spray Area (open during pool hours)
  • Schiller Park Mushroom (open during pool hours)
  • Thornden Park Spray Circle
  • Frazer School Spray Feature
  • Union Park Spray Block
  • Upper Onondaga Park Spray Block
  • Washington Square Park Spray Block
  • Wilson Park’s Spray Block

Hours vary by location and are posted at: