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June 21, 2012

Temperatures soar with summer's arrival

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PROTECT PETS

It’s also very important to ensure pet safety during the summer months and in extreme heat.

“Most people love to spend the warmer days enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, but it’s important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets,” said Dr. Camille DeClementi, senior toxicologist at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, in a press release. “By following a few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun in the sun.”

Make sure pets are always hydrated with a shady spot to escape the sun, know the signs of overheating, and visit the vet for an early summer check-up for necessary vaccinations.

Never leave pets in an unattended vehicle, as parked cars, even with windows open, can become very hot in a short amount of time, which can lead to heatstroke or death.

Brooke Taber, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Burlington, said the early heat wave broke records locally.

The closest readings he had to Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties were from Massena, a little west of Malone. The temperature reached 92 degrees there, he said, breaking the previous record of 91 set in 1953.

More hot weather was in store for Thursday, he added.

“People can expect more temperatures in the low to mid 90s, (and) with a heat index value (that) will feel like 100,” he said. “It’s going to be hazy, hot and humid. It’s going to be a warm, uncomfortable, muggy day.”

But Taber said relief was on the horizon, as a cold front was predicted to move into the area on Friday.

Email Miranda Orso: morso@pressrepublican.com

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