Wednesday Brings Excessive Heat Warning to Philly Area

National Weather Services issues advisory from Wednesday to Friday.

The extended spring will crash to an end Wednesday with three days of hot weather predicted.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Friday for the Delaware Valley, including Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties.

Montgomery County has declared a Code Red beginning 11 a.m. and ending on 8 p.m. on Thursday.

"An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely," the NWS said in its warning.

A Code Red from the County is declared when the heat index reaches 100 degrees or higher.

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatitves and neighbors."

The NWS predicted a heat value index from 98 up to 103 degrees both Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Lows could reach the 70s, but the NWS warned that Center City Philadelphia could remain in the 80s at night.

"The worst would be felt be those who live and/or work in the urban areas. Those who are at a greater risk include the elderly, the infirm and children," the NWS said.

AAA reported that heat related deaths are the leading cause of non-vehicle crash deaths in children under the age of 14 in the US, with 27 reported heat-related deaths last year.

For those that work or spend time outdoors, the NWS listed the following tips:

  • Reschedule strenuous activities for the early morning or evening;
  • Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing;
  • Drink plenty of water; and
  • Take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

Montgomery County's Code Red notification stated that the office of Aging and Adult Services keeps a list of "weather-sensitive older residents who they check on in heat emergencies."

The County stated that senior Adult Activity Centers, malls and libraries are air conditioned reprieves for residents. The Montgomery County Human Services Center at Fornance and DeKalb Streets in Norristown will be open as a cooling site for residents that can not access other locations.

The Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center, on the grounds of the Norristown State Hospital, and the Norristown office of the Salvation Army will be available for homeless residents to escape the heat. The Pottstown office of the Salvation Army will have water availabel for the homeless.

Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said on a day in the mid-90s, the temperature inside a car can easily reach 200 degrees.

AAA provided the following safety tips for children in the heat:

  • Never leave a child alone in a car – even with the windows partially opened– as a vehicle’s interior can still heat up quickly to deadly temperatures.
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away.  Children have died because they fell asleep in their car seats and their parents didn’t realize they were still in the car.
  • If your spouse or a guardian is taking your children to day care, ask him or her to call you to make sure the drop-off went according to plan.
  • Do things to remind you that a child is in the vehicle: Leave a written note in your vehicle where you will see it, Place your purse, briefcase or something else in the back seat to remind you to check that area when you leave the vehicle.
  • Keep an object in your child’s car seat, such as a stuffed toy, as a reminder that a child is in the back seat. 
  • Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle – teach them that a car is not a play area; always lock your car doors and keep car keys out of children’s reach.
  • If a child has spent a prolonged amount of time in a hot vehicle and appears to be showing signs of heat distress, call 911 immediately for medical assistance.  Cool the child as quickly as possible by applying cool water to the skin and/or ice packs under the armpits and groin area while waiting for help.

Residents should be on the lookout for heat stroke or heat exhaustion (Click here to read some basic info). Heat stroke is an emergency worthy of a 911 call, the NWS said.

For more heat related information, click here.

Visit Weather.gov for your local outlook.

Aileen Johnson June 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Perkiomen Valley Library is located at 290 2nd St. in Schwenksville. The library is open 12-8 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 12-6 on Friday. The AC is on and refreshing.
Daniel Anderson August 14, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Great tips listed in this article for beating the heat. More cooling sites should be set up just in case. As a side thought, I wish the Republicans would understand that Global Warming is real and not a hoax.
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