As Another Heat Wave Begins, Tips for Staying Safe in Excessive Heat

Our region is officially in a heat wave. Today there is an Excessive Heat Warning is in place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today due to temperatures reaching a near record high. Philadelphia warns its residents to take care and caution to stay safe.

Today should reach a high of 97 degrees with feels-like temperatures possibly breaking 100°.

The heat, sun and humidity can cause problems for people. During heat waves, citizens are encouraged to visit older friends, relatives and neighbors to ensure they are in safe conditions in their homes as the heat and humidity intensify. In heat waves, officials said, groups most at risk include senior citizens, pregnant women, young children, people who work in high-heat environments and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

The "Heatline" number is 215-765-9040, and lines will be open from noon until midnight, city officials said. Staff will be available on the line to advise on how to avoid heat dangers and to refer anyone in need of medical attention to emergency services.

Officials urged those without air conditioning to seek relief from the heat in malls, movie theaters, senior centers or other public spaces.

In the past, the Philadelphia Health Department outlined several precautions for citizens to beat the heat, including

  • If possible, try to stay inside during the warmest part of the day
  • Use air conditions and fans or seek rest in the shade.
  • Open windows to release trapped hot air.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.
  • Wear a head covering such as a brimmed hat or visor to protect the head and face should you need to be outdoors.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.
  • Do not leave children or pets alone in vehicles.
  • Check on elderly and disabled family members and neighbors. 

Early warning signs of heat stress including lethargy, loss of appetite, light-headed feeling and nausea. More serious indications of major heat stress include unconsciousness, confusion, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and difficulty breathing. Anyone with these symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.

Hurricane said that temperatures will be much more comfortable tomorrow.

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