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599 NOUS41 KOKX 241933 PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179- 251815- Public Information Statement National Weather Service New York NY 333 PM EDT Wed May 24 2017 TO: Subscribers: -Family of Services -NOAA Weather Wire Service -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network -NOAAPORT Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees FROM:Joe Pollina Meteorologist, WFO New York, NY SUBJECT:Change of Heat Advisory Criteria for Northeast New Jersey, Long Island, Lower Hudson Valley, and Southern Connecticut. The National Weather Service in New York, NY has lowered Heat Advisory criteria for the upcoming summer. Studies and research conducted by the Northeast Regional Heat Collaborative show that emergency department visits and deaths from heat increase significantly on days when the heat index reaches 95 degrees F or higher. Thus, the old threshold of 100-104 degrees F for two or more consecutive hours has been lowered to 95-99 degrees F occurring for two or more consecutive days, or any duration of heat index 100-104 degrees F. There is no change of Heat Advisory criteria for New York City. Excessive Heat Watch and Warning criteria (heat index 105 degrees F or higher for two or more hours) remains unchanged. It is expected that this change will alert people sooner to impending heat threats and if acted upon, reduce the number of emergency department visits. No communication changes are required to receive heat advisory, watch, or warning products. Only the triggering threshold for heat advisories has been changed. $$

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