Heat Claims 4 Lives in Pa.

An 86-year-old man is the latest victim of excessive heat.

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012  |  Updated 8:55 AM EDT
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The oppressive heat is on vacation, but how long will it last?

NBC10, Bill Henley

The oppressive heat is on vacation, but how long will it last?

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Officials say the scorching heat wave that pushed temperatures into triple digits claimed the life of 86-year-old Pennsylvania man.

The Lehigh County coroner's office says Llan Gacel died Saturday of hyperthermia. He is at least the fourth Pennsylvania resident whose death has been attributed to the heat.

The coroner says temperatures inside Gacel's Allentown home were over 90 degrees on Saturday. The National Weather Service says the high temperature in Allentown on Saturday was 99 degrees.

The deaths of three Philadelphia men have also been blamed on the oppressive heat.

Monday is the first day of temperatures in the 80s in over a week.

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