July 14, 2016
For the second time this summer, officials are warning residents in the Philadelphia region about brutally hot temperatures that will, at times, make it feel like it's in the triple digits.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from noon on Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday for the city, the surrounding suburbs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and northern Delaware.
High temperatures will reach the mid-90s, but it will feel as hot as 104 degrees on Thursday and 100 on Friday.
Those expected maximum heat index values for Thursday. Mother Nature acting like it's mid-July. (Oh wait, it is.) pic.twitter.com/yOJfMTePbl— Gary Szatkowski (@GarySzatkowski) July 13, 2016
Residents are urged to take precautions against the sweltering temperatures. Some tips:
• Schedule strenuous outdoor activities for the early morning or late evening
• Wear light and loose-fitting clothing
• Take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments
• Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke
• Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol when possible
• Take cool showers and baths
• Wear a hat and umbrella for shade
Residents are also urged to check on elderly neighbors and family members and those in poor health.
The city of Philadelphia has also issued an excessive heat warning starting at noon Thursday.
Today at NOON, we will be issuing an Excessive Heat Warning. That means HOT. If you need help staying cool, call 215-765-9040.— Philly Public Health (@PHLPublicHealth) July 14, 2016
A list of city resources for dealing with excessive heat can be found here.