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Heat Index In Northeast Tops 100

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The dangerously high heat and humidity have prompted several agencies to implement emergency measures.

The National Weather Service says the heat index has pushed past 100 degrees.

Municipalities have been urging elderly residents without air conditioning to go to cooling centers.

Authorities on Long Island say heat appears to be a factor in the death of an 11-year-old girl found in a vehicle with the windows closed.

At the U.S. Open in Queens, an extreme heat policy allows for 10-minute breaks between sets from the heat-absorbing courts.

Temperatures are expected to ease into the 80s on Thursday. 

An interactive map locating cooling stations across New York state is posted below.

Cooling Centers Intro to Cooling Centers

Associated Press (C) 2018 contributed to this report.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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