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First Alert: Brutally Hot, Humid Conditions Grip Philadelphia Region

"It's humid now, but the humidity will only grow worse over the weekend and into next week"

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    NBC10 First Alert Weather: Oppressive Heat Grips Region

    The heat wave continues in our regiion this week. When will it end? NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Steve Sosna has the forecast.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 19, 2019)

    What to Know

    • A First Alert will be in effect Sunday morning through Wednesday night due to oppressive heat and humidity.

    • Temperatures Sunday will be in the low 90s but will feel closer to 95-100. Feels-like temperatures Monday will reach 100-105 degrees.

    • People should take extra steps to stay cool and pay attention to young children, the elderly and pets.

    Another scorching heat wave descended upon the Philadelphia region, bringing dangerously high humidity and feels-like temperatures. 

    A First Alert will last through Wednesday evening for the entire region except the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches. The humidity will make the already high temperatures feel even more oppressive. 

    "It's humid now, but the humidity will only grow worse over the weekend and into next week," NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Steve Sosna said. 

    Temperatures Sunday were in the low 90s but felt closer to 95-100. Monday and Tuesday will be even worse, with feels-like temps reaching 100-105 degrees. Wednesday will cool off slightly, but the humidity will still be high, along with the feels-like temperatures, which will hover around 95-100 degrees.

    Why the Heat Is Worse in Urban Areas

    [PHI] Why the Heat Is Worse in Urban Areas

    NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Steve Sosna explains why the cumulative effect and urban heat island effect causes metropolitan areas to feel even hotter.

    (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

    The hottest time of the day will be from around 10 a.m. to 3-4 p.m., Sosna said. Due to the urban heat island effect, in which buildings and concrete retain heat, some of the most oppressive conditions will be felt in urban areas. "It will probably be a good 5-7 degrees warmer in the urban areas, especially at night," Sosna said.

    The heat will pose a threat to everyone, so people should remember to stay hydrated (drinking mostly water and keeping alcohol to a minimum), avoid prolonged periods of direct sun exposure and reapply sunscreen every few hours. 

    Keeping your body cool will be key. You can take a cool shower or find a pool. If you don't have air conditioning, you can look for a place like a shopping center, library or movie theater that does. People should also leave windows at least slightly cracked to allow air to recirculate inside their homes, Sosna said. 

    "It's important to give your body a break because the heat adds extra stress because your body is working harder to cool itself off," Sosna said.

    Extra precautions should be taken for young children, the elderly and pets.

    The latest heat wave is the fifth of the season and is being caused by heat from the southern part of the U.S. moving north, Sosna said. In Philadelphia, the highest temperature resulting from the heat waves has been 98 degrees, while the highest feels-like temperature has been 110 degrees.

    What Are the Symptoms for Heat Illnesses?

    [PHI] What Are the Symptoms for Heat Illnesses?

    NBC10's Keith Jones interviews Daniel Pavlik, a physician assistant for emergency medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, to inform us about the symptoms that arise when someone is suffering from heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 19, 2019)