MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - With a stifling heatwave continuing to grip the East Coast, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is taking emergency measures to ensure the safety of the community.
With temperatures expected to top 90 degrees for the next several days, Thomas has issued a heat advisory, warning residents to take precautions, stay hydrated and healthy as the thermometer continues to rise.
To benefit residents looking to beat the heat that may not be able to otherwise, Thomas announced that cooling centers would be opened up at the Doles Community Center (250 S. 6th Ave.) and the Armory (144 N. 5th Ave.) with air conditioning and refreshments. Those unable to reach one of those destinations and require assistance can visit Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital (12 N. 7th Ave.)
“Children and the elderly are mostly vulnerable to extreme temperatures, but everyone should remember to limit their activities during very hot weather, stay hydrated and avoid alcohol or hot beverages,” Thomas noted. “When outdoors, limit strenuous activity, wear sunscreen and loose, light colored clothing and remember to rest often in cool, shady areas.”
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to peak near 100 degrees over the weekend, with mostly cloudless skies. They’ve issued an air quality alert for southern Westchester County that will be in effect until 11 p.m. on Friday.
With the warmer weather comes an increase in fire risk, Thomas added. Increased efforts to cool homes and power air conditioners can overload power sources, and residents have been advised by the fire department to check smoke alarm batteries and limit usage out outdoor grills.
Additionally, Con Edison has released a series of tips for residents about saving energy and how to beat the heat economically and effectively until the heatwave subsides. Those with questions about heat-related services in Mount Vernon can contact the city’s hotline at (914) 665-2390.