Update: Libraries open for residents, town plans to open cooling center

TIM KELLY PHOTO | There’s no shade to cool the workers putting a new roof on Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church in Cutchogue

Update: Southold Town will open a cooling center Tuesday as local libraries offer their facilities to residents looking to stay cool.

Supervisor Scott Russell said the Human Resource Center at 750 Pacific Street in Mattituck will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Tuesday. The Mattituck-Laurel,  Cutchogue-New Suffolk, Southold, and Floyd Memorial libraries will also be open this week for residents.

Their hours are as follows:

• Mattituck Laurel Free Library: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Southold Free Library: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Floyd Memorial Library: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Suffolk County until 8 p.m. Monday. Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, seek air conditioning, and stay out of the sun.

Original Story: A mid-summer heat wave will bring high temperatures in the low- to mid-90s and muggy conditions that may feel as hot as 100 degrees to the North Fork throughout this week, weather officials said.

The high temperatures are expected to begin today, Monday, with a high in the low 90s, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ashley Sears. Those temperatures will stay about the same through Tuesday, and will climb into the mid-90s by Wednesday, she said.

The area won’t see relief from the heat until as late as Sunday, when a string of thunderstorms could cool off the area, Ms. Sears said.

The heat wave is caused by a system of hot, dry air that’s parked over most of the eastern United States, from everywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi.

“We have this massive high pressure system that’s ushering in the dry weather and the really high temperatures,” Ms. Sears said.

Though a heat advisory is in effect for Nassau County and most of the tri-state area, no advisory has been issued for Suffolk County  yet. Ms. Sears said the advisories are only put out when heat indexes reach 100 degrees.

Still, residents should take precautions, she said.

People are advised to stay indoors when possible, drink plenty of fluids, wear light clothing and not exert themselves outdoors if possible, she said. Pets are also vulnerable to the heat and should be well cared for, Ms. Sears added.

Residents without air conditioning should look to visit a mall, shopping center or a friend or family member who may have air conditioning to cool off.

“Now would be a good time to catch up” with old friends, she said.

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