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The heat is on and cooling centers are open

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This week will probably leave New Yorkers wishing we still had that endless rain.

The city’s first big heat wave of 2011 is scorching Gotham, prompting the city to open cooling centers today and tomorrow for residents seeking relief, officials said.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow for temps that could reach into the high 90s.

Cooling centers, located in all five boroughs, are in air-conditioned public buildings such as libraries and senior centers. To find the center nearest you, call 311 or check out the “OEM’s Cooling Center Finder” at www.nyc.gov/oem.

Signs of heat illness include clammy skin, weakness, dizziness, nausea, confusion and breathing problems.

People who are overweight, in poor health, taking medications for underlying illnesses, the bed bound, and children and seniors are at highest risk for heat illness and should get to a cool place if they experience symptoms.

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