NBC10 Philadelphia - Cydney Long
NBC10's Cydney Long spoke to people who tried to escape the heat wave by going to the shore.
Temperatures have soared over the past couple of days, reaching 92 Thursday and going even higher Friday – up to 96 in Philly as of 4 p.m. with a heat index around 103.
The humidity also rose Friday pushing the heat index near 100 as Excessive Heat Warnings were issued for many area counties through Sunday at 8 p.m.
The hottest temps in the area were reported in Southern Delaware, where Georgetown was at 101 degrees with a heat index of 107 around 3 p.m. The Delaware Beaches were also experiencing higher temps with the mercury hitting 100 in Rehoboth Beach as of 4 p.m.
More extreme heat is expected over the weekend with humidity contributing the heat index.
The heat wave could last into early next week.
Severe thunderstorms raced through the area Friday between 4 and 6 a.m., leading to wind damage in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, as well as many reports of hail. A few storms could form again late Friday night into Saturday, but are not expected to be as severe.
Severe t’storms could be more likely Saturday night, with hail and strong winds expected in some areas.
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