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Expect hot, potentially dangerous weather today

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday for the areas of Northern and Western Franklin County and Northern and Southwestern St. Lawrence County as heat indexes are expected to reach around 95 degrees. The advisory stated that overnight temperatures are not likely to fall below 70 degrees, giving little relief to area residents.

According to weather.gov, high temperatures and humidity can cause heat-related illnesses and advise people to take precautions to keep themselves and their families safe.

Officials recommend people 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.

In St. Lawrence County, public health director Jolene F. Monger said residents looking for relief from a hot house or apartment should visit the emergency preparedness page on their website stlawco.org/Departments/PublicHealth.

There is a list of cooling centers on the site for several St. Lawrence County towns and villages.

Monger urged people to call ahead to ensure a cooling center is operating.

Otherwise, she recommends visiting an air-conditioned store or library.

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