- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning New Yorkers to take precautions during the heat wave that has gripped the nation’s largest city.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday.

De Blasio on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to hydrate and check on vulnerable neighbors like the elderly and those with medical conditions.

He said that the city would open 500 cooling centers and extend public pools’ hours.

He also urged New Yorkers to use their air conditioners in moderation for fear of putting a strain on the city’s electrical grid.

City officials said that there had been a slight uptick in calls to 911 during the heat wave, which began Tuesday.

Temperatures are predicted to stay above 90 degrees for the remainder of the week.

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