Ramel Williams, of Brooklyn, cools off at Lower East Side's Hamilton Fish Swimming Pool in New York, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. Temperatures reached into the 90s today
It's finally hot out there, New York City wants to help people cool down.
Cooling centers will be open Monday and Tuesday in all five boroughs to help people avoid the high temperatures. Today's temps topped 90 degrees in Central Park. New Yorkers looked for a variety of ways to stay cool -- from ice cream to air conditioning -- and tomorrow is expected to bring more of the same.
Exposure to extreme temperatures can lead to heat illness, especially among vulnerable populations like senior citizens and people with chronic medical conditions.
State officials have issued an air quality advisory about ozone, as well.
Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and heat interact with smog from vehicle exhausts and industrial and power plant emissions.