High temps to heat the Mohawk Valley, followed by thunderstorms. What you need to know

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Like much of the United States, the Mohawk Valley will see high temperatures and mostly clear skies this weekend. But the sunny weather is not expected to last.

Temperatures in Utica will reach 82 degrees before spiking to a high of 92 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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In Oneida and Madison counties, a hazardous weather outlook was issued by the National Weather Service for thunderstorms fueled by the heat and humidity starting Saturday night through Sunday.

Temperatures will stay hot despite the storms, with a high of 87 degrees Sunday. Wind gusts could reach as high as 20 mph with an 80% chance of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

Beachgoers stay cool at Sylvan Beach.
Beachgoers stay cool at Sylvan Beach.

How to stay cool

In cases of extreme heat, the CDC advises the following:

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing

  • Stay in an air-conditioned place as often as possible and do not rely on electric fans in high heat

  • Limit outdoor activities to morning and evening hours and rest often in shady areas;

  • Put on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher before going outside

  • Do not leave infants, children or pets in cars, even if the windows are cracked open;

  • Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids, and avoid hot and heavy meals and sugary or alcoholic drinks

  • Keep pets hydrated with fresh water left in a shady area

  • Monitor those who might be more vulnerable in the heat, including infants and young children, people over 65, people who are overweight, people who overexert themselves and people who are physically ill

H. Rose Schneider covers public safety, breaking and trending news for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Rose at hschneider@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Observer-Dispatch: Mohawk Valley weekend weather forecast: High temps, thunderstorms