Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Philadelphia

Heat warning expected to last until Monday night

By Elwood Simon
|  Sunday, Jun 27, 2010  |  Updated 3:27 PM EDT
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Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Philadelphia

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area that will take effect starting at noon on Sunday through Monday at 8 p.m.

With temperatures expected to reach as high as 95 degrees, city officials are asking residents to look after the elderly in their neighborhoods.

"We strongly urge the public to visit older friends, relatives and neighbors to ensure that air conditioners or fans are working and homes are adequately ventilated. In a heat wave, the majority of the victims are older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions," Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz said.

The "Heatline" will open Sunday at noon through midnight to assist residents in preventing heat related deaths and to help residents stay safe in extreme heat.

The Heatline call center also has trained staff council callers to give tips on how to deal with heat stress and nurses on site to assist callers with medical problems as well as a mobile team that will be dispatched in emergency situations.

To contact the Heatline call (215)-765-9040. The Heatline will also be in operation Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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