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July 17, 2013

Officials warn of extreme heat

With high temperatures and humidity forecast to continue into the weekend, state and local officials are warning area residents to take precautions to preserve health and safety.

In a media release issued Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to pay attention to weather advisories and warnings, and to be cautious of the health risks associated with hot weather. 

“Hot temperatures and high humidity can have dangerous consequences, including heat-related illness and death,” Cuomo said in the release. “Take action now to protect yourself and your loved ones from this prolonged, excessive heat wave.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, no heat advisories had been issued for Chenango, Delaware, Otsego or Schoharie counties. Cayuga, Onondaga and Seneca counties are under heat advisories until 8 p.m. today. 

Shelley Bierwiler of the Southern Tier chapter of the American Red Cross noted in a media release that excessive heat has caused more deaths in recent years than any other weather event. She reminded area residents to stay hydrated; avoid extreme temperature changes and strenuous activity; and to check on people and animals that may need extra care.

Besides the health risks associated with extreme heat, the sustained heat could push demand for electricity to near-record levels, according to a media release from the New York Independent System Operator. The NYISO is encouraging energy conservation during the heat wave. 

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