Thursday, July 21, 2011

Final update on heat

The following are the current heat advisories for our area:
Eastern Ulster - heat warning from noon to 8 pm today; heat watch from Friday afternoon till Friday evening
Western Ulster - heat advisory
The difference in the heat advisory / watch / warning criteria is a matter of duration and a few degrees. All criteria indicate dangerous conditions.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality alert for the entire County from 11 AM to 11 PM today (this will probably implemented again tomorrow).

The only additional municipality to indicate they will be opening a cooling center is the Town of Kingston which will be open from 8 AM to 1 PM today and tomorrow. They also cannot accept pets.

There are still indications the heat wave will break on Sunday. Until then, conditions will remain extremely hot and humid - at or slightly below advisory / watch/ warning criteria. This will be the final alert from this office on the heat event. Any further cooling stations will be reported to 211 and will not be the subject of an alert from this office. As always, if assistance is required, please don't hesitate to call.