It will eventually feel like autumn, but until then, health officials want New Yorkers to keep an eye out for ticks.

Ticks can remain active until temperatures drop below about 40 degrees.

Officials say it is important to take precaution and perform tick checks after being outdoors.

Lyme disease-causing bacteria are spread by blacklegged ticks, which are common across New York.

More recently, the state confirmed several cases of the Powassan virus, a rare tick-borne illness, in upstate New York.

A 74-year-old man died this year in Saratoga County after he contracted the virus.