Hudson Valley braces for dangerous heat wave

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DOBBS FERRY -

Starting today, the Hudson Valley could see some of the hottest temperatures in years.

Many people were getting an earlier start outdoors at Rye Town Park, because there's a good chance that will be the coolest part of the weekend.

MORE: Excessive heat warning in effect Friday with temps to feel around 100-110 degrees

In extreme temperatures experts recommend people, especially children and the elderly, stay hydrated with water.

Caffeine is OK in moderation, but alcohol will lead to further dehydration. So drink water often, not just when you're thirsty.

Older adults are most at risk for heat-related illness because doctors say as we age, we lose the ability to regulate body temperature.

Those with jobs requiring them to be outside to extended periods should also be careful.

And don't forget about pets. Vets say don't even think about leaving your dog in the car this weekend, and keep their walks shorter, while making sure your home is comfortable for them.

Some tips to stay cool include wearing cotton clothing, putting bedsheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bed, applying ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points and taking cold shower before bed.

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