The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for most of Central New York, with a heat index predicted to reach 98 degrees.

Central New Yorkers can expect temperatures in the 90's today, September 5, 2018, and heat index values close to 100 degrees. Certainly not the weather expected for "Back To School." The National Weather Service predicts that the weather will cool significantly for tomorrow, will highs in the upper 70's expected.

The advisory extends to the cities of Boonville, Ilion, Herkimer, Syracuse, Watkins Glen, Elmira, Ithaca, Hamilton, Oneida, Rome, Utica, and Cortland. Temperatures are expected to soar in Oneida, Onondaga, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Cortland, and Madison counties, as well as southern Herkimer and Fulton counties.

...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT
THIS EVENING...

* HEAT INDEX VALUES... 95 to 100 in urban areas with mid 90`s
elsewhere.

* TIMING...This afternoon into early evening.

* IMPACTS...Heat related illness and dehydration likely unless
necessary precautions are taken. Young children, the elderly,
sick and residents in urban areas are most at risk. Outdoor
pets are also at risk without appropriate shade and water.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will combine to create a situation in which 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.

Pets are also susceptible to danger during extreme heat events. Make sure your pets are safe by following these tips from the Humane Society of the United States

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car. 
  • Watch the humidity - it makes them less able to cool themselves by panting. 
  • Limit exercise. 
  • Don't rely on a fan to keep them cool. 
  • Provide ample shade and water. 
  • Be on the lookout for heat stroke.