Heat advisory in effect, cooling centers open

07/22/2011 9:26 AM |

BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Verizon construction worker Glenn Welborn keeps a bag of ice in his hardhat to keep him cool.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the area until 10 p.m. tonight.

A high temperature of 95 is predicted for the area today, though the heat index can make it feel as warm as 105. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s Saturday until a weak cold front moves in Sunday.

The heat has already begun wreaking havoc in the area, as 84 power outages were reported in South Jamesport Friday afternoon, according to the Long Island Power Authroity. Power was expected to be restored by 7:30 p.m.

Riverhead Town will be designating its Senior and Human Resources Center in Aquebogue as a cooling center to help those who otherwise might have to suffer through the heat. The center is located on Shade Tree Lane and is open until 4:30 p.m.

In Southampton Town, residents can visit the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Ponquogue Avenue from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Town residents who do not have transportation can contact the senior center staff at 728-1235 for shuttle service

The State Office of Emergency Management is recommending the following precautions:

• Avoid outdoor strenuous activity during the sun’s peak hours (11 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

• Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables. Protein produces and increase metabolic heat. Eat small meals, but eat more often. Do not eat salty foods.

• If possible, stay out of the sun and stay in air conditioning.

• Dress appropriately. When outdoors wear light-colored, lightweight, loose fitting clothing that will cover as much skin as possible.

• If your home is not air conditioned, go to a public building that is air conditioned for several hours each day.

• Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water (at least two to four glasses per hour during extreme heat), even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Senior Center site council member John DeAngelo, 73, of Riverhead, makes his way through the hallway Friday morning.