Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca’s merciless weather gods will roast their lowly subjects this week, as a heat index of more than 100 degrees has been forecasted for Tuesday by the National Weather Service.

That’s expected to be followed by potentially dangerous thunderstorms later Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Heat indices could rise above 100 degrees locally. (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)

The National Weather Service has also issued a heat advisory for many parts of Central New York, though that does not appear to include Tompkins County right now.

In terms of temperatures, Tuesday should hit a high of 90 degrees with a low of 68 degrees. Humidity will be around 68 percent, with a 50 percent chance of rain.

“If you will be outside for an extended period of time, take plenty of breaks in the shade and keep drinking water,” the NWS based in Buffalo said on its Facebook page.

As if the heat weren’t enough for Tuesday, by the afternoon and early evening the region is predicted to get hammered by “strong to severe” thunderstorms. That region includes the Ithaca area.

The NWS released the following slides:

“The main threats are damaging winds and very heavy rain,” the NWS said.

“Please be careful.”

On its website, the NWS also gives the following advice for those trying to cope with the sweltering summer months:

  • Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.
  • During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.
  • Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.