The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for our entire area that should stay in effect until 8 tonight. The heat index is a measurement of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.

The heat index for our area today will make it feel like it's between 95 and 100 degrees. There are safety tips to help you deal with the heat. One of the best defensive practices is to spend some time each day in an air-conditioned space. A lot of public buildings are air-conditioned Or, do what I used to do before I had AC and go see a movie.

Unless you have been ordered not to drink a lot of water by your doctor, it is good practice to drink more water on a day like today. If you must be outdoors, try and spend as much time as you can in the shade. If you are doing any kind of activities outdoors, you're better off doing that either early in the morning or in the evening when it is cooler in the sun is not as direct.

There is a list of cooling sites in Broome County. You may want to call ahead for hours of operation as well.  Click here for all the locations and phone numbers.  The cooling sites range from parks to public buildings. Some of them include; Your Home Public Library on Main Street in Johnson City, The Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, The George F Johnson Memorial Library on Park Street in Endicott, The Broome West Senior Center on Wayne Street in Endwell, and the Broome County Public Library on Court Street in Binghamton.

Today would also be a good day to take advantage of some of the public pools in our area. including the Fairview Pool on Fairview Avenue in Binghamton, Floral Avenue Johnson City, Highland Park, MacArthur Pool, Northside Pool, Southside Pool, The Vestal Memorial Pool, the West Endicott Park Pool, and the Spray Park at C.F.J. Park in Johnson City.

And, with the Heat Advisory in effect, if you know some elderly people who live alone, please check on them either in person or by phone, just to make sure they are okay, staying cool, and have plenty of water so they don't get dehydrated as well.

Stay cool.