PHILADELPHIA — Say it ain’t so! Unfortunately, we need a reminder.
It’s hot out there. How hot? The National Weather Service is calling it excessive, as in a “prolonged period of excessive heat through the weekend.”
It’s also humid — dangerously humid — as in
“The combination of heat and high humidity will lead to dangerously hot conditions through the weekend across much of the region.”
- Heat index values will skyrocket up to 110.
- There will not be much relief at night.
- Saturday will be the worst.
Click here for the latest air quality conditions and check back often. You may have seen the conditions divided into six color-coded categories.
This is what they mean:
They say if you’re thirsty, you should’ve already had a drink since
“the excessive heat may quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke, especially during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.”
But it could get worse than heat stress or heat stroke. On July 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted an article saying
“more than 600 people die from extreme heat every year.”
It gives important steps everyone should take to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries and death during hot weather: Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Schedule outdoor activities carefully. That means wearing loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen, and pacing yourself. Also, take cool showers or baths to cool down. Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you. And of course, never leave children or pets in cars.
(In fact, ACCT Philly — which stands for Animal Care and Control Team — can fine pet owners $500 for not following its requirements. They include animals not having adequate water, shade, and shelter. You can help prevent grave danger by saying something to the owner; calling 267-385-3800, ext. 1, and speaking with a dispatcher; or reporting a violation online with all the details you have. There are more details and links in the article below.)
Click here to read the entire CDC article, which also discusses personal factors that can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather. Some of those factors are age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drugs and alcohol.
Also July 5, the city retweeted this article which has much of the same information, but also why many people should never run a fan with their windows closed. It also contains an interactive map of swimming pools, spraygrounds and cooling centers.