The dog days of summer are coming early for Central New York. In fact, officially they're the dog days of spring, since summer has officially yet to begin. Don't be alarmed by the picture of the thermometer above showing 104 degrees; this weather pattern will NOT drive temperatures quite THAT high. But the temps will be dangerous.

You know it's serious, because the National Weather Service has issued an official Heat Advisory for Monday, June 18th, from 10:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night, with the most intense heat indexes occurring in the middle of the day.

The cities and towns of Boonville, Penn Yan, Seneca Falls, Auburn, Syracuse, Corning, Hornell, Watkins Glen, Elmira, Ithaca, Hamilton, Oneida, Rome, Utica, Cortland, Norwich, Oneonta, and others will be affected across Oneida and Madison and more.

A Heat Advisory means...heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening...Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

High temperatures should revert to the high-70s by Tuesday in the Mohawk Valley and remain that way the rest of the week. Which is tougher to endure: 90-degree readings or sub-zero temps?

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