The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a period of high heat to last from Monday around noon through Tuesday around 8 p.m. in Nassau County and parts of Suffolk County, according to a heat advisory from the National Weather Service (NWS).
NWS issued the high temperatures warning early Monday morning, citing that the heat index value could reach up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest values will occur during the afternoon and early evening hours, and the advisory may be extended into Wednesday.
“A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time,” the NWS stated. “Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at an increased risk. Homes without air conditioning can be much hotter than outdoor temperatures.”
The NWS added that heat illnesses could occur due to the mix of high temperatures and high humidity. The advisory applies to Northwest Suffolk and all of Nassau County, as well as several other counties in the Tri-state area.
As a result, local elected officials are issuing information about keeping safe from the heat. Nassau County is opening the following cooling centers for residents who need relief from the heat:
Cantiague Park Administration Office (Conference Room)
480 W John St. Hicksville, open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Mitchel Field Administration Building (Community Room – First Floor)
1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd. Uniondale, open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wantagh Administration Building
1 King Road, Wantagh, open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Town of Riverhead, Town of Hempstead, and other areas have also opened cooling centers during these times of extreme heat. Riverhead Senior Center, located at 60 Shade Tree Lane, in Aquebogue will open as a cooling center from Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“This will be a place our seniors may go if they need to take a break, relax and cool off,” Town of Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin held a news conference on Monday to announce the opening of seven cooling centers and that beaches and pools will have longer hours to offer residents more of an opportunity to beat the heat.