Buffalo Fire: Stay Hydrated at Festivals This Weekend

Heat index to reach 100 Friday and Saturday

Tom Puckett
July 19, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) It'll be a hot and busy weekend in WNY. As you check out the numerous festivals, fire officials are urging you to stay safe and stay hydrated.

The heat index is forecast to exceed 100, and Dr. Joe Bart of the Buffalo Fire Department says there's a misconception about when to start worrying about the heat. "There is a general perception that we need to be in the 90s for it to be a dangerous heat, but that's not right. I think 80 degrees with 80 percent humidity will spike out temperatures into the mid 90s," warns Bart. "We're going from an uncomfortable heat to a dangerous heat." 

Bart's message is simple: if there's sweat on your brow, you need to hydrate, and he says you don't need fancy sports drinks. "There are sports drinks that promote the extra hydration. There's not a big advantage to electrolytes when it comes to simple re-hydration," advises Bart. He says sweating in this heat won't necessarily cool your skin. "We anticipate when we sweat, we'll evaporate that, but in this heat, it becomes problematic for your body to have heat losses as evaporative cooling becomes less effective." That may be an issue with the misting tents at the Italian Festival this weekend. "With evaporation not being possible, adding misting fans when it's 95 degrees out makes it worse," notes Bart.

Bart says if you develop heat cramping, excessive sweating or fatigue, limit the amount of activity you'll do that day. 

Buffalo Parks Commissioer Andy Raab says the city's pools will be open. "We already have pools open until 7pm. Splash pads are also open from 11am to 7pm," says Rabb. "There are pools with down days on Saturdays and Sundays. We are monitoring the weather to determine if we will add hours."

The city also has cooling centers open this weekend:

AUTUMNWOOD SENIOR CENTER
1800 Clinton Street
8AM-4PM

THE BELLE CENTER
104 Maryland Street
8:30AM-9PM

DELAVAN-GRIDER COMMUNITY CENTER
977 E. Delavan Avenue
8AM – 8 PM

DOROTHY J. COLLIER COMMUNITY CENTER
118 E. Utica Street
8:30AM-1PM

EDWARD SAUNDERS COMMUNITY CENTER
2777 Bailey Avenue
9AM-9PM

GEORGE K. ARTHUR COMMUNITY CENTER
2056 Genesee Street
9AM-6PM

GLORIA J. PARKS COMMUNITY CENTER
3242 Main Street
8AM-9PM

HENNEPIN COMMUNITY CENTER
24 Ludington Street
9AM-6PM

HISPANIC UNITED OF BUFFALO
254 Virginia Street
8:30AM-3:30PM

NORTHWEST BUFFALO COMMUNITY CENTER
155 Lawn Avenue
8:30AM-4:30PM

RICHMOND-SUMMER SENIOR CENTER
337 Summer Street
8AM-4PM

SCHILLER PARK SENIOR CENTER
2057 Genesee Street
8:30AM-4PM

WILLIAM-EMSLIE YMCA SENIOR CENTER
585 William Street
6AM -9PM

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