Posted on Thursday July 18, 2019
All Town Beach facilities will remain open with lifeguards until 7 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019, and Sunday, July 21, 2019. The Senior Center on Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue will be open Saturday, July 20, 2019, and Sunday, July 21, 2019, as a Cooling Center from 10 am to 6 pm.
Town of Riverhead
Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith
July 18, 2019 – 1500 hrs.
Weather and Travel Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. Temperatures are expected to reach into the lower 90’s with dew points in the mid 70’s. This will push the heat index over 100 degrees. Temperatures should return to the 80s by Monday. Please take all necessary steps to remain cool this weekend. Limit strenuous activities, stay out of the sun and drink plenty of fluids. Keep a close eye on the elderly and young children. Ensure your pets have shade and water. In case of an emergency dial 911 or call the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500. Stay cool, stay informed and as always, stay safe.
? All Town Beach facilities will remain open with lifeguards until 7 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019, and Sunday, July 21, 2019.
? The Human Resource Center on Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue will be open Saturday, July 20, 2019, and Sunday, July 21, 2019, as a Cooling Center from 10 am to 6 pm.
NYS Heat Safety Precautions
What can you do during excessive heat events?
? Slow down on strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun's peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
? Exercise should be done in the early morning between 4 to 7 a.m.
? Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables. Protein produces and increases metabolic heat, which causes water loss. Eat small meals, but eat more often. Do not eat salty foods.
? Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and must be replaced. The easiest and safest way to do this is through your diet. Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage when you exercise or work in the heat.
? If possible, stay out of the sun and stay in air-conditioning. Sunburn slows the skin's ability to cool itself. The sun will also heat the inner core of your body, resulting in dehydration. If you must go outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head.
? Dress appropriately. When outdoors, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing that will cover as much skin as possible. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects the heat and sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperature. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and over-warming effects of sunlight on your body.
? Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine. Even in the warmest weather, staying indoors, out of the sunshine, is safer than long periods of exposure to the sun.
? If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a public building with air conditioning each day for several hours. Air-conditioned locations are the safest places during extreme heat because electric fans do not cool the air. Fans do help sweat evaporate, which gives a cooling effect.
? Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water (at least 2-4 glasses of water per hour during extreme heat), even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
? Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician. Salt causes the body to retain fluids, resulting in swelling. Salt affects areas of your body that help you sweat, which would keep you cool. Persons on salt-restrictive diets should check with a physician before increasing salt intake.
? Do heat and moisture-producing jobs such as cooking, cleaning, ironing and laundry during the cooler early morning and evening hours.
? Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s heat drying cycle.
? Avoid unnecessary trips in and out of the house, especially on very hot days. Heat and humidity come in each time you open the door.