By David Cruz
Heat advisories, ozone alerts. All you have to do is take a walk outside and you’ll know immediately. It’s hot. And, whether you’re laying down asphalt or working on the lawn, you have to be careful out there.
“Number one is stay hydrated,” advises William Holubek, chief medical officer at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. “Two is avoiding direct sunlight, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the hottest time of the day. It’s best to avoid exercising outside during those times.”
Jersey City resident Dante Paul was shooting baskets with his son in Hamilton Park. They are from Texas originally and Paul said this heat was no big deal. “I’m from Texas, right,” he laughed. “This is like fall for us.”
Mike Mincey and his kids happened upon the scene, offering cold water to Paul and his son. “That was nice,” said Paul. “That was what we do in the South, a little southern hospitality on the East Coast. That was pretty cool. I was like, ‘How much do you want for this? What do I owe you?’”
Mincey, who was on his way to the municipal pool, said he was happy to offer some refreshment.
“I mean, if you need, we have a whole bucket full of ice and I’m trying to show my kids that when we share, it comes back,” he said.
As for advice to Paul and others who might be shooting hoops today, Holubek urges caution.
“I think different people have different thresholds,” he said. “Your 19-, 20-year-old person, you can be out in the heat and you can sustain more than a 2-year-old or an 80-year-old.”
Dan Falcon and Abraham Feria are partners in Sail NYC, which offers sunset cruises along the Hudson. Business, says Abraham, has been pretty good.
“I love it, especially in the summer time,” said Feria. “This is a great job because I love to be on the water, and also I love to be with people who appreciate that.”
But it’s not all fun and games, obviously. The very young and the very old are especially vulnerable in extreme heat and cities like Jersey City have opened cooling centers with extended hours around town. If you feel dizzy or disoriented, get to a cool place, and officials say, reach out. There’s help available.
“We’re doing everything we can possibly to make sure that people know that it’s very dangerous, this type of heat, and the city has resources out there to help them,” said Mayor Steve Fulop.
Temps will be in the 90s through the rest of the week, with only a slight break in the humidity, but it’s summer, so take precautions, and enjoy it while you can.