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Queens copes with scorching heat wave

Construction worker Pedro Santana (r.) chugs a bottle of water on Bell Boulevard during a previous heat wave.
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Queens residents were feeling the wrath of another heat wave Monday, with scorching temperatures expected to continue throughout the week, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Monday for New York City, including northern and southern Queens, which is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. It warned of a combination of high levels of heat and humidity, with heat index values in the low 100s. The highest values will take place Tuesday afternoon and evening and on Wednesday, the weather service said. Residents are advised to stay hydrated, remain in air-conditioned locations and to stay out of the sun when possible.

The heat advisory prompted Mayor Michael Bloomberg to issue a statement Monday from the St. Albans Community Living Center, urging city residents to take precautions amid hot temperatures and to check in on seniors and pets to make sure they’re comfortable. He also encouraged residents to visit the city’s 425 cooling centers that are open to those needing relief from the heat.

“The weather can be dangerous, especially for those without air conditioning, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions,” he said. “Also, heat can be very dangerous for pets so use some common sense: limit the length of walks, make sure pets have plenty of water and never leave pets alone in parked cars. It’s going to be a hot week.”

For locations, hours and more information, please visit or call 311.

Reach reporter Chris Engelhardt by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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