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The Heat Goes On

Oppressive humidity levels will accentuate the heat

July 20, 2019 - 1:32 am
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - After Friday's unsettled weather and lines of storms that washed through the region, the heat wave presses on and oppressive humidity levels will accompany the hot weather.

A Heat Advisory is in place for the Buffalo metro area and most of the region while an Excessive Heat Warning is in place for Niagara and Orleans Counties.

CanalFest workers trying to "beat the heat" this weekend

“With the season’s hottest weather expected to settle over Buffalo this weekend, we’re asking residents to protect themselves and other from the potential effects of extreme heat,” said Buffalo Byron Mayor Brown. “Please avoid strenuous activity, stay hydrated, stay inside whenever possible, and please keep an eye on your vulnerable neighbors.”

Several air-conditioned cooling centers will be open this weekend in Buffalo. Residents can also cool off at City pools and splash pads. The hours of operation for the participating cooling centers this weekend are as follows:

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019

Delavan-Grider Community Center
977 E. Delavan Avenue
10AM-2PM

Gloria J. Parks Community Center
3242 Main Street
9AM-3PM

William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center
585 William Street
9AM -5PM

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019

Delavan-Grider Community Center
977 E. Delavan Avenue
10AM-2PM

Gloria J. Parks Community Center
3242 Main Street
9AM-1PM

William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center
585 William Street
1PM -5PM

We're not alone in the hot house as AccuWeather estimates that more than 87 million Americans live in an area where a daily record-high temperature could be set on Saturday.

Temperatures around 100 F are possible in the cities of Washington, D.C, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and St. Louis.

Downtown Baltimore could reach the century mark on Saturday and Sunday after Friday's high of 99 F.

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING

* LOCATIONS...Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus,
and Allegany counties. Highest Heat Index values across lower
elevations inland from Lake Erie.

* TIMING...Through early this evening.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...As high as 100.

* IMPACTS...Prolonged exposure or any strenuous activity may lead
to heat related illnesses that require immediate medical
attention. Vehicle interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a
matter of minutes. Never leave children, pets or the elderly
unattended in parked vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are
possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned
room...stay out of the sun...and check in on relatives and
neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. when
possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THIS
EVENING


* LOCATIONS...Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Northern Cayuga,
Livingston, and Ontario counties.

* TIMING...Through early this evening.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...As high as 105.

* IMPACTS...Heat illnesses likely for those spending prolonged
periods outdoors or in non-air conditioned locations. Prolonged
heat is most dangerous for young children and the elderly.
Vehicle interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of
minutes. Never leave children, pets or the elderly unattended in
parked vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of
dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot
temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous
situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of
fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...
and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

In the forecast conditions, perspiration fails to evaporate quickly and the body temperature can climb significantly, followed by heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat kills more people on an annual basis than any other weather-related factor.

Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday announced that June averaged 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius), about 1.7 degrees (0.9 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average.

It beat out 2016 for the hottest June with records going back to 1880. NASA and other groups also concluded that last month was the hottest June on record.

Europe shattered June temperature records by far, while other records were set in Russia, Africa, Asia and South America. France had its hottest month in history, which is unusual because July is traditionally hotter than June. The Lower 48 states in America were near normal.

"Earth is running a fever that won't break thanks to climate change," North Carolina state climatologist Kathie Dello said in an email. "This won't be the last record warm summer month that we will see."

It seems likely that July too will be a record hot month, said Berkeley Earth climate scientist Robert Rohde.

The United States set a record for most precipitation. The 12-month period from July 2018 to June 2019 was the wettest on record.

The first half of 2019 is tied with 2017 for the second hottest initial six months of the year, behind 2016. So far the year is 1.7 degrees warmer than the 20th century average.

This heat "is what we can expect to see with a warming climate," said Freja Vamborg, a climate scientist at the Copernicus Climate Change Service in Europe.

 

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