Less than a month into summer, New York City is already in the midst of its third heat wave with triple digit temperatures still on the way.
Temperatures are expected to hit 100 tomorrow — which would match the record high — with the heat index closer to 110. Average temperatures for this time of year are in the mid 80s.
The last time LaGuardia Airport reached 100 degrees was July 22 of last year.
Queens has already recorded more than 10 days with temperatures above 90 this year.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat watch for the potentially dangerous hot spell.
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, according to the NWS.
Cooling centers will be open throughout the city tomorrow offering an escape from the sweltering heat. Click here to find the one nearest you.
Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management has offered some tips to staying cool:
New Yorkers should heed the following tips to stay cool during this week’s extreme heat:
• Use an air conditioner if you have one.
• If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a cooler place such as a store, mall, museum, movie theater, or friend/family member’s air-conditioned home, or visit a cooling center.
• Check on your at-risk family, friends and neighbors often and help them get to a cool place.
• Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open. Fans alone will not keep you cool when it is really hot outside. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
• Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or high amounts of sugar.
• Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car.
• Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 AM and 7 AM or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.
• Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.