As the National Weather Service in Binghamton hinted on Tuesday, August 2, a Heat Advisory has, indeed, been issued for the region.

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Early August 3, the local NOAA office issued the advisory from 11 a.m. August 4 to 8 p.m. August 4 with possible heat index values reaching 98 degrees to as high as 102 in lower elevations and urban areas where the humidity combined with hot temperatures are felt the most.

The Advisory from the office at the Binghamton Regional Airport is for areas of the Southern Tier including Broome, Tioga, Tompkins, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Schuyler, Chemung, Madison, Southern Oneida and Sullivan Counties. Chenango, Delaware and Cortland Counties were not included in the Advisory.

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In very hot and humid conditions, residents are urged to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness and a big part of that is hydration.  Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water.

Health officials also say people should stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun, check up on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly and those with chronic health concerns.  Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances, even if the windows are down.

If you have to work or otherwise spend time outside, take extra precautions.  When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening hours.

Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.

Heat stroke and exhaustion are serious medical conditions that should be attended to immediately.  Know the signs and call 911 immediately in any case of stroke or heat exhaustion.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shade or in air-conditioning when working in the heat.

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