Buffalo Is Broiling

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 5:58 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 5:58 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- The high temperatures of late are causing many to find ways to stay cool.

Temperatures topped the 90 degree mark Thursday.

The extreme temperatures pose a serious risk to senior citizens and those who work outdoors.

At the Hamburg Adult Day Care Center, seniors are enjoying the air conditioning and keeping out of the oppressive heat.

For farmers, the wet June and warm, sunny July have helped many crops come in early.

Meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski predicts that Friday will offer cooler temperatures, with the threat of some rain. Watch for his forecast from the "Eyewitness News Weather Lab" on Channel 7 and at wkbw.com.

Ozone Advisory in Effect for Western, Central, and Eastern Lake Ontario Regions

ALBANY, NY (07/08/2010)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., have issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the Western, Central, and Eastern Lake Ontario regions of New York State for July 8, 2010.

The pollutant of concern is: Ozone

The advisory will be in effect until: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday.

DEC and DOH issue Air Quality Health Advisories when DEC meteorologists predict levels of pollution, either ozone or fine particulate matter are expected to exceed an Air Quality Index (AQI) value of 100. The AQI was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale, with a higher AQI value leading to a greater health concern.

OZONE

Summer heat can lead to the formation of ground-level ozone -- a major component of smog. Automobile exhaust and out-of-state emission sources are the primary causes of ground-level ozone and are the most serious air pollution problems in the northeast. This surface pollutant should not be confused with the protective layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere.

People, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease (such as asthma) should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity when ozone levels are the highest (generally afternoon to early evening). When outdoor levels of ozone are elevated, going indoors will usually reduce your exposure. Individuals experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing should consider consulting their doctor.

Ozone levels generally decrease at night and can be minimized during daylight hours by

curtailment of automobile travel and the use of public transportation where available.

New Yorkers also are urged to take the following energy-saving and pollution- reducing steps:

use mass transit or carpool instead of driving, as automobile emissions account for about 60 percent of pollution in our cities;

conserve fuel and reduce exhaust emissions by combining necessary motor vehicle trips;

turn off all lights and electrical appliances in unoccupied areas;
use fans to circulate air. If air conditioning is necessary, set thermostats at 78 degrees;

close the blinds and shades to limit heat build-up and to preserve cooled air;

limit use of household appliances. If necessary, run the appliances at off-peak (after 7 p.m.) hours. These would include dishwashers, dryers, pool pumps and water heaters;

set refrigerators and freezers at more efficient temperatures;

purchase and install energy efficient lighting and appliances with the Energy Star label;

A toll-free Air Quality Hotline (1-800-535-1345) has been established by DEC to keep New Yorkers informed of the latest Air Quality situation. Further information on ozone and PM 2.5 is available on DEC's web site at http://www.dec.ny.gov and http://www.health.state.ny.us on the DOH website.

For information you need to beat the heat, go to "News Links" at wkbw.com.