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A heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. today for Long Island and the entire New York City metro region. Heat index values of 95 to 99 degrees are forecast by the National Weather Service.

Riverhead Town beaches will remain open until 7 o’clock tonight, Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith announced this morning.

The town recreation center on Shade Tree Lane is available as a cooling center until 4:30 p.m., the supervisor said.

Health officials advise residents, especially seniors and people with chronic health problems, to take precautions to avoid heat-induced illness.

People working outdoors should schedule frequent rest breaks in shade or air-conditioned environments, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Anyone overcome by heat should immediately be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency and EMS should be called.

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