The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Rockland County, which is in effect from noon today through 8 p.m. on Thursday. The air quality alert is in effect from 11 a.m. today to 11 p.m. tonight. High heat with heat index values of 100 to 104 degrees are expected this afternoon and evening and also Thursday afternoon and evening.
The heat advisory covers the entire Lower Hudson Valley. According to the National Weather Service, “a heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 100 to 104 degrees for two consecutive hours.”
Anyone outside for extended periods of time should wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued the air quality alert for Rockland County. Outdoor air quality levels are expected to have high levels of ozone and other pollutants. Individuals who may be sensitive to the elevated levels include the very young and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma and heart disease.
Get updates on air quality on the state’s hotline: 1-800-535-1345.