EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastchester day camps will make use of the school district’s spacious grounds and buildings this week to take children inside to avoid the stifling heat that is expected.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures topped out at 92 degrees on Monday in Eastchester. Tuesday is supposed to be even more sweltering, as residents can expect a high temperature of 94 degrees, with a moderate breeze early in the day.
Despite the overwhelming heat, summer camps will remain open at the high school. Children will have unlimited access to the grounds, but according to John Swick, the recreation leader in the Department of Parks and Recreation, if the turf field exceeds 90 degrees, they will move children to the natural grass.
“We don’t close, we’re fortunate to have indoor facilities available to us. We usually don’t have too much of a problem if it gets real hot out,” he said. “We may not allow them on the turf field but they still go to the grass. There are plenty of trees on the premises, and sometimes it’s hotter inside than it is in the shade.”
An air quality alert has been issued in Eastchester from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday due to elevated pollution levels. There is also a hazardous weather outlook in southern Westchester, as showers and thunderstorms are expected to pepper the area until Sunday. Powerful winds and frequent lightning strikes are expected and flash flooding is possible. According to weather.com, intermittent thunderstorms are expected to begin around 8:15 p.m. on Monday.
A heat advisory has been issued in Westchester. Residents are advised to stay hydrated and seek air conditioning to avoid the dangers of heat stroke.
“Heat stroke and dehydration can take you by surprise,” Sherlita Amler, the Westchester County commissioner of health said in a press release. “The elderly, young children and those with high blood pressure, heart disease or lung conditions need to be especially careful to avoid heat-related illness.”
After dealing with a similarly stifling heat wave a few weeks ago, the camps are prepared for whatever the week may bring.
“Obviously, the weather is similar to the first week of camp, so we’re ready,” Swick said. “It’s very good for us to have a good working relationship with the school district. Being able to come in and use the building if we need is tremendous.”