Heat warning

The Excessive Heat Warning has been extended until Thursday, June 9, 8:00 p.m. An early season heatwave is underway. Thursday’s high temperature will be near 98-degrees.

A VERY HOT AND HUMID AIR MASS WILL CAUSE TEMPERATURES TO SWELL INTO THE MID AND UPPER 90S AND CREATE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY IN HIGHLY URBANIZED AREAS. HEAT INDEX VALUES… AROUND 100.AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS… MUCH OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA… NORTHERN DELAWARE AND WEST CENTRAL NEW JERSEY INCLUDING TRENTON… PHILADELPHIA… CAMDEN AND WILMINGTON.

* HAZARDS… AN EARLY SEASON HEATWAVE IS UNDERWAY… WITH THE MOST DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS. A VERY HOT AND HUMID AIR MASS WILL CAUSE TEMPERATURES TO RISE INTO THE MID AND UPPER 90S AND CREATE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS… ESPECIALLY IN HIGHLY URBANIZED AREAS.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES… AROUND 100 DURING THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURES.

* IMPACTS… THE ELDERLY… THE INFIRM… CHILDREN AND PETS ARE AT GREATEST RISK… ESPECIALLY WHERE THERE IS NO AIR CONDITIONING. THIS AFFECTS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES… ESPECIALLY DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS. SLEEPING CAN BE DISRUPTED WHERE AIR CONDITIONING IS NOT AVAILABLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS… STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM… STAY OUT OF THE SUN… AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITY TO EARLY MORNING OR LATE EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK… THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 9 1 1.

AT A MINIMUM… SEE TO IT THAT PETS HAVE ACCESS TO A SHADED AND WELL-VENTILATED AREA AND PLENTY OF COOL WATER. THE MOST HUMANE THING TO DO IS TO BRING THEM INTO AN AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENT.

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANYONE UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME. IT COULD RESULT IN THEIR DEATH.

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