According to the New York State Department of Health, when it comes to weather-related deaths, heat is the “greatest weather-related killer in the United States.”

According to the National Weather Service, Friday and Saturday will be scorchers, with heat indices lingering around 100 degrees on Friday and closer to 106 degrees on Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch from Friday at noon to Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.

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Extreme heat and humidity can both be life-threatening, especially to those who are young, elderly, who exercise and work outdoors, and who have respiratory diseases such as asthma. According to the CDC, if you or someone around you experiences a super high body temperature, fast, strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, or passes out after being in the sun, call 911 immediately because they may have a very serious medical emergency. Until help arrives, help lower the person's body temperature with a cool bath or cool washcloths.

Extremely hot weather can have a drastic impact on your health and if you're ever not sure what activities are safe to do in whatever type of weather is thrown our way, the CDC has a fantastic app that you can access right from your phone that will give you an hourly forecast of the heat index and impact it could have on your health, as well as signs, symptoms, and first aid information for heat-related illnesses.

To help combat the extreme heat, cooling centers all around Central New York will open their doors to the community Friday and Saturday, so if you need to get out of the heat, here's where you can go (but remember, always call ahead to make sure the cooling center is open before you go).

[via National Weather Service/CDC/New York State Department of Health]