ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ - At 95 degrees, local news reports indicated that Tuesday was the hottest day of the year in NJ, causing a Heat Advisory to be put into effect until 8 p.m. EST Thursday. High heat and humidity are expected.
There is a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and evening. The main threat is from damaging wind gusts.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued an Air Quality Alert and Actin Day for Essex County as well as for Bergen, Passaic, Union and Hudson counties Wednesday, as temperatures reached 93 degrees. Now, a Hazardous Weather Outlook is in effect for Essex County, and other areas of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, until Monday, August 3. This Hazardous Weather Outlook is specifically for Atlantic Coastal Waters—southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.
Some Tips About Issued Heat Advisory
This hazardous weather outlook provides a summary of potential widespread hazardous weather events that may reach warning criteria.
Heat Index Values are expected to be in the middle and upper 90’s due to temperatures in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s, with dew points in the upper 60’s, during the afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday.
Prolonged exposure to high heat and humidity will result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
A Heat Advisory is issued for NYC when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is at least 95 degrees for two consecutive days or 100 degrees for any length of time.
To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at an increased risk. Homes without air conditioning can be much hotter than outdoor temperatures. Use air conditioning to stay cool at home or go to a place that has air conditioning.
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stoke Information
The Livingston Township has issued the following CDC.gov Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Tips, which are universal:
Heat illness can affect anyone, according to the township. Check on friends, relatives and neighbors, and have them do the same for you. Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke can be especially dangerous for infants, children, and adults over 65. Know the signs:
Symptoms: Heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse, nausea or vomiting; fainting
What to Do: Move to a cooler location; lie down and loosen clothing; apply cool, wet cloths to as much of one’s body as possible; sip water; if one has vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms: high body temperature (above 103 degrees F); hot, red dry or moist skin; rapid and strong pulse; possible unconsciousness.
What to Do: Call 911 immediately—this is a medical emergency; move the person to a cooler environment; reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath; do NOT give fluids.
10 Tips for Staying Cool
In addition, Livingston Township has issued the following 1o Tips for Staying cool, which are universal:
Stay indoors, preferably in air conditioning. If there is no air conditioning, try to find a place that is air-conditioned. The Livingston Health Department is offering the Sr./Community Center as a Cooling Station from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you can get “out and about” easily, there are lots of places to stay cool including malls, supermarkets and libraries. People should be sure to minimize the amount of time spent outside when going from place to place.
- Drink lots of cool water—don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Use a fan if you don’t have air conditioning. You can even use the old “pre-air-conditioning” trick of putting a bowl of ice in front of the fan; believe it or not, it works!
- Close curtains or drapes to keep out the sun and heat.
- Turn off the lights and chargers—even the most environmentally friendly light bulbs and the smallest phone or other chargers create heat.
- Keep hair up off of your neck; any hair touching or covering the neck acts as an insulator.
- Take a cool shower.
- Stay low—cool sinks, so the lowest level of your home will be the coolest. Stay there.
- Hold a cup of ice; just doing that will help cool you. To cool down more, hold the cup up and breathe out into it—your warm breath going into the cup forces the cold air out, so you’ll get a rush of cool air out toward your face.
- To cool down fast: apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees.
- Bonus Tip: Pets get overheated, too! Keep your pets cool and give them plenty to drink.
Note: Temperatures will be “oppressive” over the next few days. Infants and children up to four years of age, and the elderly are at greatest risk for heat-related illness. According to the Nursing Division of the Livingston Health Department, “everyone is at some risk on days like this.”
More Helpful Tips:
- NEVER leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
- Dress infants and children—and everyone, in fact—in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully and try to do more outdoor activities during the morning and evening hours.
- Check on relatives, friends and neighbors to be sure they’re not suffering from heat-related symptoms
Tips from PSE&G for Staying Cool and Safe as Heat and Humidity Rise
PSE&G is offering the following simple ways to stay cool and safe as temperatures and humidity rise. They are also monitoring weather conditions and have additional personnel on hand to handle any power interruptions. In addition their call centers also have extra personnel on duty to speak with customers. And appliance service technicians are ready to quickly respond to an influx of air conditioning repair calls.
Here are some easy steps to stay cool, safe and save energy:
- Use a programmable thermostat to set air conditioners to a daily and weekend schedule. Consider setting air conditioners to 78 degrees, health permitting.
- Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to keep the sun's heat out and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
- Use ceiling fans set in the counter-clockwise position to feel cooler when in a room.
- Close doors leading to uncooled parts of the home.
- With central air—close off vents to unused rooms.
- Turn off everything not being used: lights, TVs, computers, etc. Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
- Delay heat-producing tasks, such as washing and drying laundry or dishes until later in the day, and wait until load is full.
- Refrain from using nonessential appliances. Unplug or use only when necessary an extra refrigerator in your garage.
- If power is lost, NEVER use a portable generator inside the home or in close proximity to a home, business or enclosed space. Proper ventilation is required. Improperly used generators can produce deadly carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, tasteless gas that can cause headache, dizziness, nausea and other symptoms. PJM, the regional grid operator, expects to have sufficient power supplies available to meet the increased demand for electricity.
- If a power outage is experiences, call PSE&G's Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. If registered for My Account, report power outages online. To do so, log in now or register. To report power outages via text message, and receive outage updates by text and email, sign up for MyAlerts. During this extreme weather, follow PSE&G on Twitter at twitter.com/psegdelivers
Detailed Forecast Through Tuesday, August 4
- Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
- Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
- Thursday: A chance of thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Increasing clouds and hot, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
- Thursday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
- Friday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am. Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
- Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65.
- Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 90.
- Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.
- Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.
- Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
- Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
- Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.
- Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.