Philadelphia issues heat warning for Wednesday and Thursday

    Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz is following a warning from the National Weather Service, placing the city on a heat warning for Wednesday and Thursday.

    The warning activates the city’s summer programs like home visits by special field teams, operation of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Heatline, enhanced daytime outreach for the homeless and the Buddy System, which encourages friends and neighbors to check in with the elderly.

    Stay cool with the a/c fans, cool showers and pools. Don’t have access to any of those? Schwarz advises heading to a mall or the movies. But the schools aren’t taking any chances. Philadelphia schools will close early Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and afterschool programs are canceled. Regular transportation will be provided.

    The Heatline will open at noon Wednesday for heat management tips at 215-765-9040 until midnight.

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