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Larchmont Families Get Wet to Stay Cool at Beach

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Ana Lia Basilicata took the day off from work to go to the beach with her son Lucca, whose mood picked up considerably when he stepped into the sprinklers at Harbor Island Beach.

As Basilicata arrived at the beach around 1 p.m., the heat index neared its height of 104 degrees and Lucca was getting agitated. Once the Larchmont resident let her 2-year-old son out of his stroller, he stopped crying and bolted for the sprinklers, which is one of the services Village of Mamaroneck Manager Richard Slingerland suggested residents utilize to cool off during the Excessive Heat Advisory.

The National Weather Service issued the warning for Thursday and Friday and have issued a Heat Advisory for Saturday, which will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

An excessive heat warning is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 105 degrees or greater, according to the National Weather Service.

The villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck, as well as the Town of Mamaroneck, have worked with Con Edison to ensure they are prepared in case of a blackout or brownout. Friday, Slingerland said the Village of Mamaroneck was prepared to help residents stay cool in the case of a blackout or brownout by opening cooling centers in the four Mamaroneck Firehouses that have back-up generators.

The Town of Mamaroneck did not open a cooling center in the Weaver Street Firehouse Friday because no one used it Thursday, when it was open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Con Edison reported 97 outages in Mamaroneck affecting 185 customers. This included two area outages on Vine Road and Oakhurst Road.

Friday, the heat index reached 104 degrees. Saturday's high temperature will be 96 degrees but the heat index will reach as high as 102 degrees. Saturday's low will be 74 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, the National Weather Service recommends that residents:

- Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing, wear a broad-brimmed hat and drink plenty of water.- Workers who are working outdoors should schedule regular rest in shaded or air conditioned environments and drink plenty of fluids.- Stay indoors in cooler, air-conditioned environments.- Never leave children or animals in a closed, parked vehicle.  The risk is life-threatening. - Limit the drinking of alcohol or caffeinated beverages, which can lead to dehydration.

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