(WENY) -- Governor Kathy Hochul is urging New Yorkers to prepare for severe weather and extreme heat beginning Monday, June 17th. New Yorkers should get ready for extreme heat with "feels like" temperatures exceeding 100 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"While summer isn't set to start for another week," says Governor Kathy Hochul. We are having another one to punch from mother nature. New York is expected to experience damaging thunderstorms today (Friday, June 14th) and extreme heat starting on Monday last through the week. Heat is the number one of cause of death for weather related fatalities."

Hochul emphasized that it is important to stay safe and take the necessary precautions during these weather events.

"New Yorkers should take every precaution they can over this next week to stay cool and stay safe as the combination of severe storms, heat, and humidity will pose a significant health risk for vulnerable New Yorkers," says Hochul.

Safety Tips from the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul:

  • Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Develop and practice a 'family escape' plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Stockpile emergency supplies of canned food, medicine and first aid supplies and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers.
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment available.
  • Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.

Hochuls office concluded by saying if you don't have access to air-conditioning within your home, identify free locations areas in your neighborhood where you can go to stay cool such as a public library, pool, or mall.