As Tropical Storm Arthur continues to move up the eastern seaboard, bringing sweltering heat with it, New York City officials are warning residents to take extra precautions against heat-related illness during July 4 weekend.
On Wednesday, July 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that Health Commissioner Mary Bassett and Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito are urging residents of the five boroughs to stay indoors as much as possible, drink lots of water and check up on friends, relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly, who are particularly susceptible to heat-related illness. Residents should also avoid strenuous physical tasks and wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Sunscreen and hats should be worn if going outside is necessary.
According to CBS New York, the National Weather Service says temperatures will combine with humidity this week to make it feel like it’s 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Asphalt and concrete, two materials that are bountiful in New York City, are also notorious for heat retention and making urban areas experience excessive temperatures.
The Health Department reports that more than 80% of deaths caused by heat stroke in recent years happened to people in homes without air conditioning, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Citymeals-on-Wheels plans to provide extra bottles of water to its customers, delivery staff and volunteers, theWall Street Journal reports.
If you or someone you know lives in the New York City or Tri-State area, be sure to take the necessary steps to stay safe in this week’s heat wave.