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Stay safe during hot weather.

Summertime heat can be dangerous for anyone. Some people are at risk of serious health effects – even death – from getting overheated. Health risks include dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and worsening of health conditions.

NWS HeatRisk national map. Go there for a 7-day forecast and description of Risk of Heat-Related Impacts by category. 
Forecast for Monday, July 15 (right-click to open image in a new tab)
Heat risk map screenshot for July 15 Source National Weather Service

Forecast for Tuesday, July 16 (right-click to open image in a new tab)
Heat risk map screenshot for July 16 Source National Weather Service

from the NWS HeatRisk national map.  
Heat risk levels

Prepare for a heat wave:

  • Know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
  • Make sure that you can open your windows and/or that your air conditioner is working properly.
  • Find out where cooling centers are near you, and when they are open.
  • Choose someone that you can call for help or who can check on you.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about medications that might make you sensitive to the sun or heat.


Heat-related illnesses occur when the body is unable to cool itself. The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke (sun stroke), heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Here are the symptoms and first-aid responses. Click here for a NYSDOH web page of symptoms and first-aid responses.

Cooling Centers:

Cooling centers are facilities where you can go to cool off during extreme heat. If a cooling center is not available, libraries, supermarkets, malls, and community swimming pools are great places to stay cool.

Dropdown Menu screen snip

Click here for a list of cooling centers by county. (In "List" view, scroll county dropdown menu to Tompkins.)

Remember, call before you go! Cooling centers may be closed at certain times or only available during extreme heat events. The phone number and address of each cooling center is provided in the listing. (Compiled by the NYS Department of Health and represents the most up to date information provided by local agencies.)

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