Parkgoers get their exercise in at Pelham Bay Park despite heat alert
Dozens made their way to Pelham Bay Park Friday to get in their daily workout in despite the oppressive temperatures and humidity.
The heat's expected to linger through the beginning of the weekend. The National Weather Service's heat advisory has been extended through 8 p.m. Saturday, with the added chance of storms rolling through the area.
Arthur Gooden, an athlete at Fordham University, says he is just happy to be able to get out and work out.
"Just love getting a workout in, you know, definitely keeping in shape," he says. "It's been a year, you know, being inside and stuff, not being able to train the way you normally would."
There are 300 cooling centers open across the city, in locations from libraries to community and senior centers, with many offering extended hours and at least one in each borough allowing you to bring your pet along.
The Parks Department extended pool hours Friday, with Olympic- and intermediate-sized outdoor pools open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by an hourlong cleaning break, and then reopening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additional sessions may be added to accommodate as many poolgoers as possible.
If you do have to go out into the heat, health officials warn that you must stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activity, and stay out of direct sunlight. Lightweight, light-colored clothing is also recommended.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience trouble breathing, nausea or dizziness - as you may be suffering from a heat-related illness.
News 12 has compiled a variety of tips for keeping yourself safe throughout the heat advisory that you can read here.
Con Edison is urging customers to conserve energy, as the increased demand for air conditioning can cause cables to overheat and lead to outages. The company suggests turning off lights and appliances not in use, setting your air conditioner to the highest comfortable temperature, running appliances such as ovens and washing machines in the early morning or late at night, and keeping doors, blinds, curtains and shades closed.
With potential thunderstorms on the way, the company also says to stay away from any wires downed during the storm. If you see downed wires, report them to your local police precinct or 1-800-75-CONED.