Excessive Heat Warning for Clifton
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Clifton and surrounding areas from 11 am this morning until 9 pm on Friday. The heat index, a combination of temperature and humidity, could reach as high as 105 degrees F or greater.
This level of heat can be extremely dangerous, particularly to seniors and those with chronic health conditions. Whenever possible, limit outdoor or strenuous activities and stay indoors with air conditioning. Homes without air conditioning can become hotter than outdoors, posing risks to the inhabitants.
Both Clifton libraries - Clifton Memorial Library and the Allwood Library - are designated cooling centers. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, you can go to one of these locations for a safe, cooled environment.
Clifton Memorial Library - 292 Piaget Avenue - open until 9 pm tonight and from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday
Allwood Library - 44 Lyall Road - open until 6 pm tonight and from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday
It's a good idea to check on vulnerable neighbors, friends, and family members. Share this information with them and encourage them to take steps to keep themselves safe during the oppressive heat.
If you must be outdoors, wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cooler environment when possible, and be alert for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 9-1-1 if someone is suffering from this dangerous condition.
Animals are also at risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The Clifton Times covered this HERE. It is very important to ensure that your animals have plenty of cool water and are not outside in the heat for any longer than is absolutely necessary.
Stay safe, Clifton...and keep an eye on your neighbors if you can.