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July 19, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Marjorie Valbrun and correspondent Glen Justice contributed to this article
The Torrid Zone conditions began to relent yesterday, but even as they did, six more heat-related deaths were confirmed in Philadelphia, bringing the region's toll to at least 30. In addition, the deaths of two elderly people in Delaware County and that of a 49-year-old man in Gloucester County may have been heat-related, officials said. Downpours Monday night and early yesterday marked a last stand for the stubborn and persistent mass of hot air blamed for more than 655 deaths across the country since last week.
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July 7, 2010 | By JOSH FERNANDEZ, fernanj@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
THERE WAS one thing on David Powell's mind yesterday when he set out to keep his mind off the triple-digit heat wave: pool. Surprisingly, it wasn't the thought of a water-filled pool that consumed the 64-year-old Germantown native. "Escaping [the heat] is one of the reasons I'm here. That, and I'm also working on my game," Powell said after a win on the pool table at the air-conditioned West Oak Lane Senior Center. Like Powell, residents across the city scrambled to find ways to beat the heat as city officials took measures to protect the elderly against a record-breaking and dangerous 102 degrees.
NEWS
July 16, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Friday was hot. Saturday will be different. It'll be hotter. The forecast high of 102 would make it the hottest July 15 on record, and Philadelphia health officials said it could be the most dangerous day of the summer. The city issued another health warning for Saturday, meaning that the weather could contribute to at least 15 deaths. No weather-related deaths were reported Friday, but it often is several days before heat-wave deaths are reported. In many suburban communities, a concern of another sort was developing.
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July 15, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writers John Way Jennings, Katrina Miles, Dan Stets and Martha Woodall and correspondents Russell Gold and Rebecca Goldsmith contributed to this article
Yesterday was hot. Today will be different. It'll be hotter. The forecast high of 102 would make it the hottest July 15 on record, and Philadelphia health officials said it could be the most dangerous day of the summer. The city issued another health warning for today, meaning that the weather could contribute to at least 15 deaths. No weather-related deaths were reported yesterday, but it often is several days before heat-wave deaths are reported, after elderly shut-ins and other victims are discovered.
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
With the high projected to hit 91 this afternoon, the Philadelphia area could find itself two-thirds of a way to the first heat wave of the season. The forecasted high of 90 Wednesday would seal the deal. But, the National Weather Service says, it will cool off Thursday with a high of 84 projected. There is no rain in the forecast until Wednesday afternoon, when there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Officials in the meantime have issued an air quality alert for air pollution concentrations that could be unhealthy for children, asthma sufferers, those with heart or other lung diseases and the elderly.
NEWS
July 6, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Don't sweat it" will be tough advice to follow for the next couple of days. Breathing could also be an issue for sensitive groups, such as the elderly and those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. A code orange alert, mostly for ozone, is in effect today for the entire region - from Harrisburg to lower Delaware to New York City. The highs of the current heat wave - at least three days hitting 90 or more - keep creeping upward, and the humidity is up as well. The dewpoint in the city was up to 71 this morning - a half-dozen points above where folks feel "sticky.
NEWS
August 2, 1991 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Forecasts predicting a string of days with temperatures in the 90s, along with growing humidity, have prompted the city Health Department to declare an "elderly health watch. " Twenty-five people, all elderly, ill and living alone except for two men who resided in a boarding home, died of heat-related causes in last month's nine-day heat wave. "We can't possibly guarantee that (heat-related) deaths won't occur," said Dr. Robert K. Ross, deputy health commissioner. "But through some simple measures, we think we can prevent a good many of them.
SPORTS
September 26, 1996 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
When the Miami Heat dialed Ed Pinckney's number, the onetime Villanova hero saw it as "a chance to get back in the mix. " "I haven't been in the playoffs for a few years [1991-92, with the Boston Celtics], and that was something I missed," Pinckney said after signing a one-year contract as a free agent for slightly more than the NBA veterans-minimum of $247,500. Pinckney missed all but seven games of the Celtics' '92-93 season with an injury, then spent the next three seasons locked in the lottery with the Celtics, Milwaukee, Toronto and the 76ers.
NEWS
July 17, 1993
A while back, somebody took a look at actual medical statistics and questioned the breast cancer "epidemic" that had been trumpeted nationwide. It was discovered no such thing existed. Actual incidence of the disease had remained stable. Reporting and early diagnosis had generated the numbers that had been used to create the non- existent "epidemic. " Promoters of the "epidemic" were unruffled. They said breast cancer is an important problem, and they had lied to draw attention to it. Now we find the Philadelphia health commissioner admitting that he cooked the books on heat deaths because the greater public good is served by drawing attention to the fact that heat can be bad for you. There's one problem here.
SPORTS
January 18, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
LEBRON JAMES scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30 and the Miami Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat visiting San Antonio last night, 120-98. Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter, the second-largest differential for any quarter in Heat history, and the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history. The Heat trailed 52-35 late in the second quarter. Miami outscored San Antonio after halftime, 71-35. Mike Miller made his season debut and shot 6-for-6 on three-pointers.
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August 17, 2016
Amid a brutal heat wave, about 1,200 customers were without power in the city's Fishtown and Northern Liberties section Monday night, PECO reported. The outage hit about 7:30 p.m. as a result of equipment issues, said PECO spokeswoman Deb Yemenijian. "We are currently on site," she said. "We don't know the cause yet. " PECO expects to have power restored within a few hours, she said. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
As temperatures soared, a number of Philadelphia restaurants this month fought and lost battles with roaches, rodents and inadequate refrigeration. Roaches in particular thrive in the summer swelter, and there's been plenty of that in recent weeks. Add a little water and a smattering of food debris and it's a perfect recipe for an insect infestation. Restaurants are required to keep the bugs at bay. When the eatery fails, the health department can shut it down for a minimum of 48 hours.
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Four deaths. Four temperature records. Triple-digit heat indexes. A six-day heat wave. And at least one more day of dangerously brutal heat. That's some of the toll, and what's yet to come, as Philadelphia remains caught in a scorching heat wave. A fourth death related to the heat wave was reported Monday, the Health Department said. The 72-year-old man from West Philadelphia also suffered from diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, officials said. His name was not released.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Chris Mondics and Joseph N. DiStefano, STAFF WRITERS
As a heat wave gripping Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic stretched into a third day, city health officials said Saturday that there had been two heat-related fatalities, both of them older women suffering from cardiovascular disease. The city, along with the National Weather Service, extended its heat warning through Sunday evening and urged pregnant women, the elderly, and children at risk to avoid strenuous activities and working or playing in the hot sun. The two heat-related deaths, of a 67-year-old woman from Brewerytown and a 82-year-old woman from the Port Richmond area, brought the total number of heat-induced fatalities in Philadelphia this summer to six, according to the city's Department of Public Health.
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
The National Weather Service has extended an excessive heat warning until Sunday night, as the combination of high temperatures and humidity will make it feel like more than 100 degrees at times during the weekend. On Saturday, the heat index in Philadelphia could make it feel like 110 degrees, the weather service says. There is a chance of showers or scattered thunderstorms through Sunday night, but the precipitation will not result in any significant cooling. There is no sign that daytime highs will fall below 90 until Wednesday.
NEWS
August 13, 2016 | Staff Report
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers - no strangers to heat and humidity - may have the advantage when they meet the Eagles Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. An excessive heat warning means it will be steamy in South Philadelphia - and throughout the region - when the preseason game begins at 7 p.m. on what is expected to be the second day of a five-day heat wave. The warning, issued by the National Weather Service and in effect from noon through Saturday evening, covers Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania and Gloucester, Camden and Burlington Counties in South Jersey.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | Staff Report
Drenching rains and potent winds are bringing a dramatic end to the heat wave, with the National Weather Service warning of the potential for flooding and gusts to 60 m.p.h. on the final day of the Democratic National Convention. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the region until mindnight, as was a flood advisory. A flash flood watch begins at 6 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued earlier for parts of Chester County, and later for Philadelphia, as a strong storm with damaging winds hammered the area.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
THANK GOD it's gone. The heat wave, not the DNC. As you read this, the thousands of delegates and media are streaming to the airport and 30th Street Station (and maybe the Bolt bus ) to get home to enjoy the weekend with their families. It's time for self-assessment, a review of what happened, a convention report card. Philly was a hit. Let's start with no major terror attack. From there, thanks to the good behavior of the protesters and the cops, we will have to endure no taunts about Negadelphia from the smart-ass national press.
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
The region's most sustained heat wave of the summer ended Monday afternoon with a front that brought storms and cooling winds, but forecasters are already looking ahead to the next hot stretch, from later this week into the weekend, which promises even higher temperatures. Monday's high, 96 at 1:26 p.m., matched Thursday's for the hottest day of the summer so far and marked the fifth consecutive day of temperatures reaching the 90s, the longest such stretch of the summer. The extreme heat ended when strong thunderstorms rumbled through, bringing with them the usual mayhem.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia entered an official heat wave Friday as the temperature hit 90 degrees for the third consecutive day. And the heat isn't about to make a quick exit. The mercury reached 90 before noon at Philadelphia International Airport, setting the region up for another hot day, following the two warmest of the year thus far. An excessive heat warning is in place until 6 p.m., with heat index values expected to be around 100 degrees. Heat warnings were also in effect Wednesday, when the temperature reached 95 degrees, and Thursday, when the high hit 94. The heat wave is the second in Philadelphia this summer; the temperature also hit 90 three days in a row early in the season, from May 26-28.
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