Dutchess County Officials are encouraging citizens to take precautions this weekend after the National Weather Service issued a excessive heat warning.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro took to social media this evening to warn residents about extreme temperatures hitting the area on Saturday. According to the NWS there will be a prolonged period of hot temperatures along with high humidity levels which can be very dangerous.

The warning spans from 11:00am to 7:00pm, tomorrow August 13th. Mr. Molinaro urged residents and visitors to monitor weather situations and to take precautions.

“The extreme heat index values can have real and lasting impacts on your health, all residents should take this warning seriously, please pay close attention to the young and elderly as they can be impacted at even lower temperatures. “

The Executive listed the following tips to help deal with the excessive temps;

· Slow down-Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled
· Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol beverages. Even if you don’t feel thirsty
· Get out of the heat. Spend time in air-conditioned spaces if possible
· If you don’t have air-conditioning- visit public air-conditioned facilities such as the library, shopping malls, the movies or other air-conditioned locations
· Dress for summer- lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight

To help contend with the high heat the hours have been extended at the Water Spray Park at Dutchess County’s Bowdoin Park, available tomorrow from 10:00am until 8:00pm.