June 14, 2008 |
The National Weather Service warned last week that the four-day hot spell that began June 7 could be deadly - and the prediction proved all too true. As of yesterday, the deaths of 17 people in Philadelphia had been linked to the heat during those four days. While the number might appear high, city health officials said it was important to keep in mind that this was no simple heat wave - technically a period of three days or more of temperatures of 90 degrees and above. The city also was under an excessive heat warning during the four days, when a potentially lethal combination of factors were in play.
May 28, 2012 |
A forecast for above-90 temperatures and high humidity prompted the City of Philadelphia to issue an excessive heat warning for Monday and Tuesday and to institute home visits to the elderly and other precautions aimed at preventing illness and death. "We strongly urge the public to visit older friends, relatives, and neighbors to ensure that air-conditioners or fans are working, and homes are adequately ventilated. In a heat wave, the majority of the victims are older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions," Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz said.
June 22, 2010 |
Summer's kickoff heat wave has brought warnings about air quality and near- record temperatures for the Philadelphia area. Thunderstorms, with strong gusts and hail, are also a possibility tonight and Thursday. Today has been declared an Ozone Action Day in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Tomorrow's going to be even hotter, with an excessive heat warning in effect through Thursday morning for the city and its surrounding counties on both sides of the Delaware River. Today's high in the city in the low 90s, on heels of yesterday's 90 and Sunday's 94, should qualify for an official heat wave.
July 20, 2015 |
An excessive-heat warning has been issued for Sunday for the Philadelphia metropolitan area, when the sticky weather that moved in Saturday will start to feel like it's 100 to 105 degrees. "When the heat index gets above 100, it becomes dangerous," said Valerie Meola, a meteorologist in the Mount Holly Bureau of the National Weather Service. The heat index is a combination of temperature and humidity. Meola said there will be a risk of increased heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, on Sunday.
July 7, 2012 |
The hot spell that has been slow-cooking the region and much of the nation is about to achieve a rarefied position in local weather lore. By the time things finally cool down Monday, this will have become one of Philadelphia's longest heat waves since the government began keeping score in 1874 - exceptional even given the recent run of hot summers. The temperature hit 98 Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport, but before most people got out of bed, the city already had tied a record for overnight warmth, with a "low" of 81. On Saturday, the temperature could reach a feverish 103. So far, heat has been blamed for contributing to at least five deaths in the region since late May. No new deaths were reported Thursday, but health officials remain concerned about the effects of the tenacious heat on the elderly and people with health problems.
May 30, 2012
For the second straight day, Philadelphia suffered under an "excessive heat warning" Tuesday. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, residents beat the heat any way they could or just went about their business and sweated it out. City public schools let out at 1:30 due to the heat and humidity, and after-school programs were canceled. Wednesday is expected to bring some relief, with highs in the mid-80s, and the weekend looks rainy, with a high of 76 on Saturday.
July 21, 2015 |
With temperatures in the mid-90s, magnified by rising humidity, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area through 8 p.m. Monday. Service providers were standing by, and emergency officials warned workers and at-risk populations to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Temperatures began rising Saturday night, and by Sunday afternoon, humidity was making it feel more like 105 degrees, said Mitchell Gaines, a meteorologist with the weather service's Mount Holly bureau.
June 20, 1995 |
So you were really steamed yesterday? It was 93. But hey, last year on June 19, it got to 100. That was a record. For those who considered yesterday a walk through the outskirts of hell, be prepared to move a little closer today. A high of 95 is forecast, and summer won't even get here till tomorrow. But the mini-heat wave, which began Sunday with a high of 90, should peak today. Temperatures then will drop into the more comfortable 80s for the rest of the week, meteorologists say. There may also be a few thunderstorms.
July 8, 2010 |
Welcome to the more normal part of a July - hot and humid with possible thunderstorms. Several records were set in the last two days, with highs of 102 on Tuesday and 103 on Wednesday, and a low of 80 on Wednesday - the highest low ever for the date, but short of the record 82 for any date. By comparison, today's high of 90, at 2:45 p.m., seemed relatively benign. Renegade clouds from some showers at the Shore kept it a bit cooler than expected. Late in the day, the National Weather Service took down the excessive heat warning for Philadelphia and the adjacent counties.
June 23, 2010 |
The next two afternoons could be the most uncomfortable yet this year, as far as heat and humidity are concerned. An excessive heat warning will be in effect from 11 this morning to 8 tomorrow night, as highs reach the mid 90s and the heat index could hit or top 100, according to the National Weather Service. The warning applies to Philadelphia, its surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and New Castle County in Delaware. Southeastern Pennsylvania and all of New Jersey are also on alert for unhealthful levels of ozone.