Temperatures in area could be dangerous

While temperatures in Philadelphia were uncomfortably high, swimmers and sunbathers in Atlantic City enjoyed the ocean's cooling effects.
While temperatures in Philadelphia were uncomfortably high, swimmers and sunbathers in Atlantic City enjoyed the ocean's cooling effects. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)
Posted: July 08, 2013

The third - and most-intense - heat wave of the year is underway, and the National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" for the next two days.

Temperatures will not threaten any records, but it will feel as if it's 100 degrees in the city and nearby suburbs, the hottest it's been so far this year, the weather service says.

Weather watchers based in Mount Holly say residents of Philadelphia and nearby communities also face nighttime temperatures that won't fall much below 80.

Monday should feel almost as hot as Sunday. Temperatures are also likely to top 90 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The weather service said all that heat puts residents in danger of heatstroke. It urged people to check on shut-in neighbors and family members, and advised people working or playing outside to wear loose clothes, drink plenty of water, and stay close to shady or air-conditioned places where they can rest if they start feeling weak.

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office said it had no heat-related deaths as of Saturday evening.

On Saturday afternoon, Philadelphia firefighters who had been battling a rowhouse fire at 4712 Worth St. in Frankford took turns resting in an air-conditioned SEPTA bus as medics checked for heat-related conditions. One firefighter was taken to Aria Health-Frankford Campus for treatment.

It's hot, but not unusually hot for Philadelphia. So far, this summer hasn't been in a league with recent ones. Three of the last four summers have finished in the top five for overall heat in Philadelphia, in records dating to 1874.


Contact Anthony R. Wood at 610-313-8210 or twood@phillynews.com.

Inquirer staff writer Joseph N. DiStefano contributed to this article.

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