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Heat advisory Monday

National Public Radio

The National Weather Service has issued a ‘heat advisory’ for much of  Upstate New York on Monday. That advisory runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and includes Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties.

The heat advisory is related to the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity. The National Weather Service advises you should drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and stay in air conditioning if possible.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the State Department of Health, in collaboration with the NWS, has lowered the temperature for alerting people to the risk of heat-related illness during hot days and heat waves. DOH research, funded by NASA, showed that emergency department visits and hospital admissions from heat increase significantly on days when the heat index reaches 95 degrees or higher.

These heat index values - or what the temperatures feels like when combined with high humidity - will reach 90-105 degrees Monday, especially in the cities and valleys. The risk of heat stress, dehydration, renal illness, cardiovascular illness and death increases for up to four days after a heat wave.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.
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