With temperatures expected to soar into the mid-90s, the National Weather Service Binghamton has issued an urgent heat advisory for Tompkins County and the surrounding regions.
Issued Wednesday morning, the advisory states the heat index is expected to climb to 95 degrees in Tompkins, Tioga, Chemung, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler and Broome counties. The advisory, in effect from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, warns the hot temperatures and high humidity "may cause heat illnesses to occur."
The New York State Department of Health has provided a list of free cooling centers throughout the state. Residents are urged to call the centers in advance to check the specific times the centers are open.
Appel Commons Community Center, 186 Cradit Farm Drive, Ithaca, 7 a.m.-5pm (Monday-Friday)
Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), 301 W. Court St, Ithaca, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Groton Public Library, 112 E. Cortland St, Groton, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. (Monday); noon-8 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Saturday)
Ithaca College (Athletics & Events Center, Campus Center, Dillingham Hall, Fitness Center), 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Sunday)
Lansing Community Library, 27 Auburn Road, Lansing, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Monday and Wednesday); 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Tuesday and Thursday); 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St., Newfield, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (Monday); 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday); 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Friday); 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Saturday)
Noyes Community Rec. Center, Cornell University, 306 West Ave, Ithaca, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University, 161 Ho Plaza, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Monday-Thursday); 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Friday); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Robert Purcell Community Center, Cornell University, 107 Jessup Road, Ithaca, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Monday-Sunday)
Shops at Ithaca Mall, 40 Catherwood Road, Ithaca, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Monday-Thursday); 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Friday); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Southworth Library, 24 W. Main St., Dryden, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday-Saturday)
Tompkins Cortland Community College, 170 North St., Dryden, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (Monday-Friday); 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Saturday); 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday)
Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green St., Ithaca, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday-Thursday); 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Friday); 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday)
Ulysses Philomathic Library, 74 E. Main St, Trumansburg, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday); 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Wednesday); 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Saturday)
YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County, 50 Graham Road West, Ithaca, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday-Friday); 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat)
For those hoping for a relief from the scorching heat, the NWS outlook for the Ithaca area forecasts temperatures above 90 degrees through Sunday, with a high of 95 on Saturday. Next week, temperatures should drop into the 80s on Monday.
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This article originally appeared on Ithaca Journal: Heat advisory in Tompkins County: See high temps, where to stay cool