RAVENA-COEYMANS — With the first major, multi-day heat wave of the summer of 2018, the heat is definitely on.
Temperatures were in the mid 90s in Ravena and Coeymans on Saturday and are expected to be even higher Sunday and Monday, approaching triple digits.
Albany County is under an excessive heat warning, according to the National Weather Service Albany.
The warning, which was issued for communities throughout the Capital Region, remains in effect from noon Sunday to 10 p.m. Monday.
The weather is expected to remain in the 90s throughout the week. The last time the area saw five consecutive days of temperatures of at least 90 degrees was July 2013, according to the National Weather Service Albany.
And that means local residents should take care and be on the alert for possible heat-related illnesses.
“The combination of heat and high humidity may cause heat stress or other heat-related illnesses,” according to the website.
“A heat advisory and excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected,” according to the website. “The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.”
Residents are urged to stay safe by taking precautionary steps:
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Stay in an air-conditioned room, if possible.
• Stay out of the sun.
• Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
• Keep track of pets and make sure they have fresh water to drink.
Take extra precautions when working or spending time outside, and if possible reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening hours. If you do work outdoors, be sure to take frequent breaks, wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water.
The temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s throughout the week, but are expected to drop into the low to mid 80s by next Saturday.