The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties.
Air quality levels in the outdoor air are predicted to be greater than the air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone, according to the National Weather Service.
"The higher that value is the greater the health concern," officials said. "When pollution levels are elevates, the The New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health benefits."
People with respiratory problems, such as asthma or heart disease are also advised to be careful.
Today will be mostly sunny and hot with high temperatures in the lower 90s, forecasters said. Tonight there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. It will be humid with lows around 70. Tuesday will also be hot and humid with highs in the lower 90s.
To stay informed on the air quality situation, you can call this toll free number 1-800-535-1345.
And with the high heat and humidity expected today and tomorrow, Con Edison officials are reminding customers to use energy wisely. The company will have extra crews and support personnel available to respond to any service problems that may arise.
Customers can report power interruptions or service problems, as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com. They also may call 1-800-75-CONED if experiencing any service difficulties.
Here are some steps (courtesy of Con Ed) to stay cool:
- Making sure air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency;
- Setting thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent;
- Closing off the rooms not being used if you have a room air-conditioner; if you have central air, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms;
- Turning off lights and other appliances, using a timer to turn them on as necessary;
- Running appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler.
- Another alternative: Using a microwave to cook, or a barbecue outside, if possible.