ITHACA, N.Y.—Thankfully, the smoke that plagued local air periodically during the last few weeks has disappeared. Unfortunately, it has been replaced by oppressive heat and high humidity.

A heat advisory has been issued for Tompkins County until 8 p.m. Thursday night, with the National Weather Service issuing the advisory for 11 whole counties in central New York and part of Cayuga County.

The advisory says to expect temperatures to settle around 93 degrees as a high Thursday, with “heat index values 95-98 expected.”

From the National Weather Service:

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at