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Posted on: July 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Heat Advisory in Effect - July 28, 2023

Summer 2023 has broken heat records across the United States and the rest of the globe.

Today, July 28, 2023, the National Weather Service has issued a warning in effect from noon until 8 PM as follows:

* WHAT...Heat index values up to 99 expected.
* WHERE...Northern Oneida, Yates, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Madison, Southern Oneida, Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Tioga, Broome, Delaware and Sullivan counties.
* WHEN...From noon to 8 PM EDT Friday, July 28, 2023. 
* IMPACTS...Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.



  • Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.


  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside:


  1. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  2. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 
  3. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. 
  4. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. 
  5. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.


For more information on heat-related illness and prevention, visit: 

New York State Department of Health Extreme Heat Advice 

CDC Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness 


Heat Index Information: 

The heat index is a combined measure of heat and humidity. It is used because increased water content in the air can worsen heat's effect for warm-blooded humans. The National Weather Service uses the following chart to remind people about the combination of heat and humidity, and they have color-coded it to highlight the danger involved:


Click here to calculate the heat index where you live. 

When you are unable to cool down, you are more likely to experience heat-related illness. 


Heat Index

Effect on the body


80°F - 90°F

Fatigue possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity

Extreme Caution

90°F - 103°F

Heat stroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity


103°F - 124°F

Heat cramps or heat exhaustion likely, and heat stroke possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity

Extreme Danger

125°F or higher

Heat stroke highly likely


If you have any questions, Yates County Public Health staff are available from 8 AM – 4 PM Monday-Friday at (315) 536-5160. Or you can contact the Yates County Office of Emergency Services at (315) 536-3000.

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