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Heat advisory in effect today with heat index in mid- to upper-90s

Staff Reports Posted 18 June 2018 at 7:59 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: A life preserver is placed by the lift bridge in Knowlesville. The bridge, which had been closed since November for repairs, reopened last week.

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Orleans and several other counties today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. when heat index values will be in the mid- to upper-90s.

The advisory includes Orleans, Niagara, Monroe. Wayne, northern Cayuga, Oswego, Genesee, Livingston and Ontario counties.

“The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levels will result in a potential for heat-related illnesses if proper precautions are not taken,” The Weather Service said.

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.

The Weather Service urges people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room., stay out of the sun and check in on relatives and neighbors.

People should take extra precautions if working or spending time outside. If possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

The Weather Service also urges people to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. People should also wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. “Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location,” the Weather Service said. “Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.”

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