County residents warned of high heat index and potential hazardous storms

— Map from NWS

A heat advisory is in effect for the portion of Albany County colored orange. The entire area, colored in yellow, including all of Albany County, is under a hazardous weather outlook because of the potential of violent storms.

ALBANY COUNTY — Eastern Albany County is under a heat advisory, from 2 to 8 p.m. today, July 6, according to the National Weather Service.

Heat index values of 95 to 99 degrees are expected.

“Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses,” the weather service says, issuing the following advice:

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

“Take extra precautions when outside. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing. Try to limit strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Take action when you see symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke."

Albany County is also under a hazardous weather outlook for today and tonight as a cold front moving across the region will bring widely scattered showers and thunderstorms.

“There is a Marginal Risk (level 1 of 5) for thunderstorms becoming severe with damaging winds the primary threat,” the weather service says.

“There is also a threat of heavy downpours that could lead to localized flooding in urban and poor drainage areas and isolated flash flooding.”

The heat advisory may be extended into Monday and Tuesday and there is a chance of thunderstorms Tuesday through Friday, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours.

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