Every day is a hot day in the paving business. But Monday, with the temperature expected to hit the mid-90s, was clearly hotter than usual.
It was just another day at the office for the crews of Peter Luizzi & Brothers Contracting, who were putting a new layer of much-needed asphalt on Fire Road in Glens Falls on Monday.
James Murphy, the superintendent of the crew working Monday, said the company does everything it needs to to make sure that workers stay as cool as possible.
“I’ve got a company credit card and they tell me to get whatever I need to keep them cool,” he said Monday morning, as rollers flattened the new layer on the westbound lane.
The heat wave that arrived Saturday brought dangerous levels of heat and humidity to the Northeast, with mercury soaring into the upper 90s on Sunday in the Albany area and hitting 92 at Warren County Airport. On Monday, it had hit 95 at Warren County Airport as of mid-afternoon.
The Mesonet weather station in Whitehall recorded a heat index reading of 111 degrees as of mid-Monday afternoon.
This weekend temperatures will soar and people will be trying to beat the heat.
What made it feel hotter was humidity that skyrocketed to the point that the dewpoint, the temperature below which water droplets begin to condense and dew can form, hit 80 degrees.
“That is very rare for around here,” said Evan Heller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany.
Officials said a number of local people needed medical attention Sunday and Monday because of heat-related problems, and high heat today could lead to more trouble. Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories were in effect until late Monday, and air quality advisories were also issued for Washington and Saratoga counties.
The Washington County Department of Public Safety fielded a number of calls Sunday from people who were suffering from heat-related maladies, such as possible heat stroke. No serious injuries were reported.
A number of the calls came from mobile home parks, where homes without air conditioning can be more susceptible to high heat, officials said.
Those who have to be outside should drink plenty of fluids, wear loose-fitting clothing and take breaks in air conditioning when possible.
Warren County Emergency Services Coordinator Brian LaFlure said there have been no requests to set up cooling stations in Warren County as of early Monday. The county has a plan that can be put in place if there is a formal state request, he said.
“If someone is having an issue, they can and certainly should go to a large store or any other places where there is air conditioning,” he said.
Near-record high temperatures are expected again Tuesday, with 90-plus-degree weather likely into Thursday before a cold front breaks the heat wave on Friday.
Thunderstorms are possible at times each of the next several afternoons.