Tips On How To Stay Cool As Heat Wave Sets In
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With the hot weather set to settle in over the weekend, New Yorkers are advised to do what they can to avoid getting overheated.
Hot weather can be particularly dangerous for the city's elderly. Symptoms of heat exhaustion be aware of include: nausea, dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps and clammy skin.
New Yorkers who experience any of those symptoms are advised to call a doctor immediately. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke.
New Yorkers without air conditioning are advised to keep their apartments well-ventilated or head to a mall or to the movies for some air conditioning.
Some other tips to keep in mind:
Avoid the sun and strenuous activity outdoors
Drink plenty of fluids
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible in the sun
Wear sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher
Never leave children, pets or the elderly in a parked car during peak heat hours
Check on your elderly neighbors
The city has not opened any cooling centers, but if a heat emergency is declared, New Yorkers can call 311 for a list of cooling centers in their neighborhood.
When a heat wave hits - as it's about to - some people stay indoors, and others find every excuse to stay outside as much as they can. NY1's Dean Meminger caught up with some who definitely belong in the second category, and he filed this report.
It will be hot all weekend long during our heat wave. At Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Friday, sunbathers were soaking up the rays and loving it.
“I love the hot weather, so no problem whatsoever," said one beachgoer.
And for some, the hotter the better.
But sisters Annie and Carmen are enjoying it just a little differently.
“Actually I'm trying to put sun block on. It’s just a little too sunny for me, so I have the block on and she has the suntan oil on,” said Annie.
For some, the sun and sand aren't the only attractions at the beach.
“It is a beautiful day to be out here; beautiful woman, so the atmosphere is pretty nice," said one man.
Over on Fordham Road, the atmosphere wasn't quite the same, but it was still hot. Food vendors Carlos and Octavio were looking to see who makes more dinero during the summer heat.
Carlos sells hot dogs, while Octavio sells ices. The ice man was raking in the customers.
“It’s nice and cool,” said one girl eating an ice. “It’s summer, who [buys a hot dog]?”
A few people do, especially when they need a quick bite to eat.
“I know, it makes no sense [to buy one on a hot day] I realize. But I'm starving and I forgot my lunch," said one woman.
On White Plains Road we ran into an Army recruiter wearing boots, a backpack and a camouflage uniform. He looked hot.
“I won't lie to you, I am warm,” he said. “But the new uniforms that were issued are fairly lightweight and they breathe pretty well, so it’s not too big an issue.”
Finally, what a sight; people waiting for the bus on Webster Avenue were all trying to get a little shade by standing under the same little tree.
"I've never seen anything so hilarious,” said one commuter. “Only in the Bronx. New York City — typical."
- Dean Meminger