MAMARONECK, N.Y. - As temperatures soared, Tamara Santiago made sure her one-year-old daughter Kayla drank plenty of water while spending the day at the Harbor Island Beach.Santiago, a Mamaroneck resident, had the help of her mother Miriam while Kayla played in 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 an Excessive Heat Advisory for Thursday and Friday, and have issued a Heat Warning 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 Village of Mamaroneck has worked with Con Edison to ensure they are prepared in case of a blackout or brownout. Friday, Slingerland stated the village was prepared to help residents stay cool in the case of a blackout or brownout by opening cooling centers in the four 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.
"The sprinklers make it feel 10 degrees cooler," said Santiago, whose 20-month-old child joined dozens of other kids running through the sprinklers. "I wish they would expand that area."Wendy Cohen, who also brought her one-year-old daughter Ella to play in the sprinklers, wondered if Friday's heat would set a record as she spoke with another mother, Regina Lamanna.
Friday, the heat index reached 104 degrees. Saturday's high temperature will be 96 degrees, but the heat index wil reach as high as 102 degrees. Saturday's low will be 74 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
The Village of Mamaroneck recommends:
- Drink plenty of water- Stay indoors if at all possible- Limit strenuous outdoor activity- Turn off lights and appliances not in use; and- Turn up your air conditioners and HVAC systems to higher temperatures to reduce electricity consumption.
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