of the region continuous heat is taking another nasty turn, prompting Philadelphia officials to issue their second heat health emergency of the summer.
The emergency comes into effect at noon on Monday and lasts until at least 8pm on Tuesday, but could be extended if the forecast calls for it. This happened several times with the first heat health emergency in the city statement this summer, last month.
The statement activates a number of relief efforts, including the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging hotline, cooling centers, home visits by field teams and expanding daytime outreach to people experiencing homelessness. Callers to the Heatline (215-765-9040) can get guidance on detecting and protecting against heat stress or talk to city health department nurses about heat-related medical problems.
The cause of the heat health emergency is a prediction that requires temperatures above normal in the mid-90s Monday and Tuesday, and heat index highs of 100 to 104 degrees. Heat indices are what the temperature feels like when humidity is taken into account.
“The Department of Health declares a heat health emergency when the temperature rises high enough that vulnerable people — especially our elderly neighbors and family members — are at increased risk of becoming sick or dying from the heat,” it said in a statement. statement by health commissioner Cheryl Bettigole. released on Sunday. “The best way to protect our loved ones is to make sure they can get into air conditioning during the hottest part of the day. We recommend that people wear masks if they go to an air-conditioned place, such as a cooling center.”
Bettigole encouraged Philadelphians to check on elderly friends and neighbors over the next two days, avoid strenuous activity and stay hydrated.
Eleven public libraries will have extended hours to serve as cooling centers, and four “cooler buses” will be available throughout the city. Pools and splash grounds are also available for relief from the scorching temperatures. Locations and hours of operation can be found here.
During a heat health emergency, the Philadelphia Water Department suspends shutoffs for non-payment.
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