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Heat Wave Bakes Manhattan

By DNAinfo Staff on July 11, 2011 5:55pm

MANHATTAN — Officials urge New Yorkers to take things slow as soaring temperatures and high humidity broil the city this week.

With highs in the 90s, and with a heat index set to make it feel much hotter, the New York Department of Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for Manhattan Monday.

The advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday when ozone levels are expected to increase as the temperatures are expected to soar into the low 90s with a heat index in the triple digits. 

The New York State Department of Health advises people to limit strenuous outdoor activity, and that the elderly, very young, and those with conditions such as asthma or heart disease take special care when outside as airborne pollutants are expected to be particularly high.

Metro New York is under a smog alert until 1am Tuesday
Metro New York is under a smog alert until 1am Tuesday
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Department of Health

Up to the minute alerts on air quality are available by calling 1-800-535-1345.

ConEdison officials have also asked customers conserve electricity during the heat wave and the utility said it will have "will have extra crews and support personnel available to respond to any service problems that may arise."

ConEd customers who experience power interruptions or service problems should call 1-800-75-CONED for assistance.