With temperatures expected to hit or exceed 95 degrees on Tuesday, New York City officials are urging people to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic health problems.
Residents are urged to check on their older family members and neighbors, and make certain that they are in air-conditioned rooms.
As it does each time the heat index is predicted to be dangerously high, New York City is opening cooling centers in air-conditioned public community centers, senior centers, and public libraries to offer people relief from the heat on Tuesday. Residents can call 311 to locate the nearest cooling center.
Many in the Jewish community will be fasting on Tuesday, the 17th day of Tammuz, and should take extra precautions to avoid dehydration and other heat related illnesses.