The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert for dangerous heat and poor air quality through the weekend.
The First Alert is in effect for the entire region. Hot and humid conditions will peak Friday afternoon with feels-like readings of 97 to 103 degrees in most neighborhoods, making this the longest and most oppressive heat wave of the year.
People should be aware of the possibility of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and not do any strenuous activity outside. Remember to give special care to pets, the elderly and anyone with health problems during this heat wave with shade and fresh water. Everyone should find ways to cool off in air conditioning whenever possible.
The City of Philadelphia implemented its Heat Health Emergency plan through 11 p.m. Friday. People can call 215-765-9040 or click here for tips on staying cool.
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The air outside is also a concern as the National Weather Service issued Air Quality Alerts for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware neighborhoods.
Afternoon high temperatures will not be as high this weekend, but will still reach into the 90s for many neighborhoods with storms possible, especially Saturday night.