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.
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.
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.
June 24, 2010 |
The temperature stood at 97 at 2 p.m. at Philadelphia International Airport, the highest reading since the 98 on June 10, 2008, but it plummeted 26 degrees ? all the way to 71 ? as a result of the storm. As a result, the National Weather Service probably will take down its "excessive heat warning" at 5 p.m., said Tony Gigi, a lead forecaster in the Mount Holly office. Gigi said a gust of 75 m.p.h. was measured at the airport. The storm apparently brought an end to the latest heat wave, and it appears that the city got through without any heat-related fatalities, said Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran.
June 29, 2012 |
Good time to start a week at the Shore. Today could reach the mid 90s in the Philadelphia area, with the upper 90s expected Friday through Sunday. An excessive heat warning has been issued for those three days, blanketing the city and nine nearby counties: Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks in Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Camden, western Burlington and Mercer in New Jersey, and New Castle County in Delaware, according to the National Weather Service. Today was excluded because the humidity won't be bad. The Shore won't escape entirely, hitting the 90s Friday and Saturday in Ocean City and Atlantic City, but those popular destinations should top out in the 80s today and Sunday.
June 22, 2012 |
With an expected high of near 100 degrees, the Philadelphia region stands a good chance of hitting a record high for the date. The record for June 21 is 99, and the forecast from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly is one degree above that. So there's a solid shot at tying or breaking the record that has stood since 1923. And, with heat index values approaching 104 with humidity factored in, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through 6 a.m. Friday.