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The heat is still on in the Tri-State area with temperatures well into the 90's, and real-feel temperatures in the triple digits.

Forecasters say relief is on the way in the form of a thunderstorm or two Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, when the mercury is expected to dip to around 77 degrees. But, it will remain stuffy, the humidity hovering around 71 percent.

In the meantime, there are several advisories the public needs to keep in mind.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Alert to remain in effect until 7 p.m. for the following 11 counties in southeast New York: Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Nassau, New York (Manhattan) Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island) Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester; two counties in southern Connecticut: Fairfield and New Haven; and five counties in northeast, New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union.

And the New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Alert for Suffolk, Nassau, Richmond, Kings, Queens, New York, the Bronx and Westchester counties.

Health officials recommend people not exert themselves -- particularly outdoors -- and drink lots of water. If you need somewhere to cool off, check out one of the numerous cooling centers around the city. You can locate them by calling 311, or logging on to www.nyc.gov. Those with allergies and chronic breathing problems related to asthma and heart disease can monitor the air quality situation by calling (800) 535-1345.

Authorities also want to remind folks about opening fire hydrants without a spray, which is illegal. Not only is it illegal they point out, but can be a waste --and dangerous. Opening a single cap reduces water pressure, which is a huge problem in the event of a fire. Also, a hydrant sans cap presents a danger to little kids, who can be knocked down and badly hurt, or thrown out into the street, where they can be run over.

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