BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Heat Advisory was issued for all of Western New York until 6 p.m., when it was allowed to expire.
Heat index values throughout the advised area are expected to be in the mid to upper 90s. Best to avoid any strenuous outdoor activities during this time to prevent heat related illness. Areas near Lake Erie and Ontario shorelines will not experience high heat index values.
A Heat Advisory is issued when heat index values are expected to reach 95 degrees for any amount of time. That is the threshold for the entire state of New York with the exception of New York City. The threshold there is a bit higher. If the heat index value is expected to reach 110 degrees then an Excessive Heat Warning is issued.
Heat related illness, such as heat exhaustion, is possible when it's this hot outside. During this time, make sure you stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and light colored clothing, and taking breaks inside in the A/C to combat the heat and prevent heat related illness.
And don't forget about pets! The National Weather Service is reminding pet owners that they should not leave their pets unattended in vehicles.
A little relief though may arrive for some Wednesday afternoon with the chance for showers and storms. These will be isolated in nature, but could bring heavy rain and lightning to areas as a cold front moves through from north to south late Wednesday. And yes, that front will also push out the high heat and humidity for Thursday and Friday.