Heat Wave Kills Fourth Person in Three Days in Philadelphia

A fourth person in Philadelphia in a span of three days died due to heat-related complications, authorities said Monday.

A 72-year-old West Philadelphia man who suffered from pre-existing conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity became the heat's fourth victim since the weekend in the city, according to a Health Department officials.

A 59-year-old North Philadelphia man died on Sunday of heat-related complications, officials said. The man also suffered from diabetes and congestive heart failure, they said.

The heat took hold in the region Wednesday, sending temperatures soaring into the 90s and heat indices into the 100s. Two women in Philadelphia died of heat-related issues on Saturday, authorities said.

One of Saturday's heat fatalities was a 67-year-old Port Richmond woman who also suffered diabetes and congestive heart failure, officials said. The other was an 82-year-old North Philadelphia woman who suffered from heart disease and high cholesterol.

NBC10's First Alert Weather team predicts the heat wave will last through the next few days, with temperatures projected to stay in the 90s most of the week.

The most recent death brings the total of heat-related deaths in the city to eight for the year.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline is open. The heatline can be reached at 215-765-9040. Click here for tips on staying cool during dangerous heat.

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