Warnings today for extreme heat, air quality

Staff Reports Posted 19 June 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – The Shoe Tree is pictured Saturday at dusk at the corner of Foss and Lakeshore roads in the town of Yates.

The Shoe Tree is one of Orleans County’s quirky attractions.

It’s going to be hot today with temperatures forecast to top 90 degrees in Western New York. The Weather Channel has issued an extreme heat alert for today, urging people to have liquids readily on hand in order to stay hydrated during periods of high heat.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also has issued an air quality alert for today for Western New York, including Orleans County.

The DEC warns that there will be high levels of ozone. The alert is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“When pollution levels are elevated, the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects,” The DEC said in an advisory.

“People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease.”

Monday will also be hot with temperatures again forecast to top 90 degrees.

The highs will then fall back into the 70s, with a high of 77 on Tuesday, 73 on Wednesday and 72 on Thursday.