This morning, as I was sandwiched between two sweaty straphangers on an overcrowded 2 train, I wondered when my suffering would end. As it turns out, the answer is not until tomorrow evening (or perhaps never). The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the New York City area beginning at noon today, which will remain in effect until 7 p.m. tomorrow.

By now, you've probably become well acquainted with the heat dome, which is expected to turn into a thunderdome later today. According to AccuWeather, it's currently 93 degrees with a RealFeel® temperature of 97. Temperatures are expected to hit the lower to mid 90s, but according to the NWS, the heat and humidity combo will "make it feel like it is at least 95 degrees for two consecutive days" in some areas, and "100 degrees for any length of time" in others. Fun!

The City is encouraging everyone to check up on their neighbors, especially those who are "heat sensitive," including children, the elderly, those with certain physical or mental health conditions. And don't forget about your pets! Watch out for symptoms of overheating, including excessive panting, sweating, bright red gums, and manic behavior, and check out this video from the NYC Red Cross on how to protect pets in hot weather:


Cooling centers—air-conditioned libraries, senior centers, and community centers— are open throughout the city. To find your nearest cooling center, use this website.

Global warming is irreversible and coming for us all, even if you're still clinging to the theory that it's a hoax made up by the Chinese. There's only so much we can do about it (hi, elected officials!) but there are a few things you can do to make sure you don't melt in the inferno.

Stay out of the sun when you can—especially between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., when it's at its peak—and protect yourself by wearing sunscreen and avoiding strenuous activity when you're inevitably forced to abandon your AC and go outside. Drink plenty of fluids (but not any of the fun ones; caffeine, alcohol, and sugar will all dehydrate you). Here's a full list of tips on staying cool while the ice caps melt all around us.