No relief this weekend from heat, humidity

A woman finds relief from the heat in a hammock in the shade by the river at Spruce Street Harbor Park. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

A woman finds relief from the heat in a hammock in the shade by the river at Spruce Street Harbor Park. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia is facing an excessive heat warning through the weekend. 

Love it or hate it, most are taking it in stride.  Some passerby’s near Independence Mall find the heat and humidity to be a little too much: “I’m from Seattle, this is killing me,” said Cindy, who didn’t give her last name.

Others think it is refreshing: “I love the heat. I think it weeds out the weak and it keeps the strong outside,” said Nicole Folks.

Philadelphia’s Health Department and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging are managing the heat line to make sure residents are safe and taking care of their health.

Director of PCA Helpline Chris Gallagher says people can call the heat line anytime between 8:30 a.m. and midnight for medical assistance that doesn’t need an ambulance.

“We developed the heat line which raises awareness for heat stress. In particular, seniors that might live alone, be isolated, may have medical conditions that may not farewell in the heat – their bodies aren’t telling them they’re not doing well in the heat – and may not have people checking on them,” said Gallagher.

A medical staff, provided by the health department, is answering the calls and a mobile team is available to visit people on location if need be.

This assistance only gets activated when the National Weather Service declares a heat warning. Gallagher says this is the fourth time this year Philadelphia has had to use the heat line.

The heat line can be reached at 215-765-9040.

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