There’s a heat advisory on, folks, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last year’s first heat advisory of the summer didn’t happen until mid-August, but Weather.com is reporting that high temperatures and humidity will combine today to produce a heat index of 95 to 100 degrees — it might even feel like 105. Cooling centers will be open; check NYC.gov or call 311 to find the one nearest to you. Also, if you find you have any of the following symptoms, something may be wrong:
• Hot, dry skin or cold, clammy skin
• Nausea or vomiting
• Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
• Confusion, hallucinations, disorientation
Sometimes we feel all of those things, and drinking water has been known to help. If it doesn’t, call 311, or lay down on a nice, cool floor with your eyes closed for a while. Your boss won’t mind.
And move slowly. You finally have a good excuse to avoid strenuous activity. Also, be nice and maybe check in on your elderly neighbors if you have a chance.
The National Weather Service says a cold front could produce scattered thunderstorms later tonight, and that we’ll have cooler air from Tuesday until July Fourth. Whew.