New Yorkers urged to prepare for extreme heat this weekend
Heat index values ranging from the mid-90s to more than 100 degrees are possible throughout the entire timeframe.
The National Weather Service has already issued Heat Advisories for the majority of counties outside of the North Country and more can be expected as the week progresses.
New Yorkers can take advantage of swimming facilities at state parks with extended hours and cooling stations all throughout the state this weekend.
For New York City residents in need of a cooling station, the Javits Center is opening its facilities from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The New York State Department of Public Service has activated the Peak Load Reduction Program for all New York State agencies today and tomorrow between the hours of 1:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.
Additionally, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has suspended all work on transmission lines 115kv and above for tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.
Likewise, the State's utilities are returning their systems to normal and suspending any planned outage work to ensure enough electric capacity is available to meet customer's needs.
Customer conservation and voluntary reduction communications will also be a focus.
Finally, the Department will be monitoring electric system conditions and overseeing utility response to any conditions. ■