UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m. Monday-- The Heat Advisory for the Rochester area has been canceled. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 8pm.
The National Weather Service has issued a ‘heat advisory’ for much of Upstate NY including several area counties on Monday.
That advisory, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, includes Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Genesee, Orleans, and Wayne Counties.
The heat advisory is related to the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity.
The advisory says you should drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and stay in air conditioning if possible.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the State Department of Health, in collaboration with the National Weather Service, 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 80 to 90 degrees Sunday and 90 to 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.
Mayor Lovely Warren is reminding residents that all city libraries are open regular hours today for individuals needing to escape the heat.
All library branches are air conditioned, and a number of them have special children’s programming.
For a list of library branches, visit: www3.libraryweb.org/locations.aspx.
The National Weather Service has lowered the advisory threshold for all of New York State from 100 degrees to 95 degrees.
News 8 Meteorologist Josh Nichols says the forecast Monday calls for hazy sun with a chance of a gusty thunderstorm in some spots by mid to late afternoon. The high temperature will be around 92, but with a heat index of between 95 and 100.
The forecast calls for cooler weather, with a highs in the 70s on Tuesday.