• There’s a heat advisory in effect for Suffolk County through 8 p.m. today, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has also issued an air quality alert due to high ozone levels in the air. Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. Gregson Pigott advises that all residents, especially young children, seniors, those who exercise or are involved in strenuous outdoor work, and those with pre-existing respiratory or heart problems, limit strenuous outdoor activity. Ozone levels are often elevated after noon through early evening on hot, sunny days. Should you or a loved one need to escape the heat, Southold Town is urging residents to call the town Police Station Non-Emergency number at 631.765.2600 to be directed to a cooling center if needed. The Riverhead Senior Center at 60 Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue will remain open as a cooling center from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. today.
• We’re expecting partly sunny skies today, with a high near 88 degrees and a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly after 2 p.m. Showers are likely overnight, with a low around 65. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 81 and Monday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
• Suffolk County reported 335 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, Aug. 11, with 3.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There were four fatalities from the virus — the largest number of fatalities in one day in months — and the death toll here now stands at 3,423 people. There were 133 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 25 of them in ICU. As of Thursday, Aug. 12, 64.3 percent of the total Suffolk population, and 77.2 percent of Suffolk residents ages 18 and over, had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Fifty-eight percent of Suffolk residents had received a complete vaccine series.
• “Can you be grateful for everything?’ – no, not for everything, but in every moment…” Our columnist Dave Davis discusses gratitude in difficult times in this month’s Dave’s Desk@Ditch.
• New York State Senator Anthony Palumbo is hosting a New York Blood Center Community Blood Drive this afternoon and evening from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead (Tanger 2, Suite 1704). Donors will each receive a box of Girl Scout cookies. Appointments are recommended, online here.
• Underground ambient art-rock collective Blow Up Hollywood presents “Dust From the Stars: A Reflection” at Custer Institute, 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold tomorrow evening at 8 p.m., followed by viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Here are more details.
• Guild Hall in East Hampton presents Edward Albee’s first play, “The Zoo Story” in the John Drew Theatre tonight and tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. Here’s more info.
• The North Fork Environmental Council is planning two more “Kayak What’s Left” kayaking and shorebird sighting fundraisers on Saturdays, Aug. 14 and Sept. 25 at Orient Beach State Park. Meet at the Eagle’s Neck Paddling booth at 8 a.m., and the trip should take about 2.5 hours. Registration is $25 per person if you bring your own kayak, or $45 per person if you would like to rent a kayak, paddle and life jacket. There is also a $10 per car entrance fee to the park.Checks can be sent to NFEC PO Box 799, Mattituck, NY 11952 and RSVPs can be emailed to email@example.com. More details are online at nfec1.org.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:40 a.m., 2:16 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:48 a.m., 1:24 p.m.
Greenport: 2:17 a.m., 2:53 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:15 a.m., 3:42 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:12 a.m., 2:48 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:39 a.m., 4:15 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:46 a.m., 4:22 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:41 a.m., 1:26 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:35 a.m., 11:44 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:31 a.m., 3:09 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:39 a.m., 2:17 p.m.
Greenport: 3:08 a.m., 3:46 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:07 a.m., 4:34 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:03 a.m., 3:41 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:30 a.m., 5:08 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:37 a.m., 5:15 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:35 a.m., 2:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:27 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.