PHILADELPHIA – The city has declared a heat health emergency. The temperature will be 98 degrees with a heat index that feels like it’s 110. Fox 29’s Sue Serio says this could be the hottest day of the year, hitting close to a Philly record of 99 degrees.
WHYY Org explains the designation began at 8:30 am, today, and runs through midnight. It might be extended when the forecast changes.
Philadelphians are encouraged to call if they have queries on precautions that they can take against the heat and learn about signs of heat stress. City health officials are available to speak with callers on medical problems related to the heat-health emergency.
Due to extremely hot conditions, the City has issued a Heat Health Emergency for tomorrow, July 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m.— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) July 19, 2020
Please check on neighbors and loved ones, especially the elderly.
Learn more about the services that will be available ⬇️ https://t.co/kF9PSdWMPm
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley asks for his fellow Philadelphians to check on their loved ones and neighbors. He also emphasizes on checking up on people with vulnerable health. He said, “This can be done socially distanced, by phone or – if they are tech savvy enough – by video.”
The city recommended that people without air conditioning stay with friends or relative’s homes temporarily. Still, it is advised to practice social distancing and wear masks.
The city government is addressing homeless citizens. If anyone sees someone in the streets, you can call 911 for medical emergencies or 215-232-1984 for emergency housing.
It could be the hottest day of the year today, coming close to the Philadelphia record of 99-degrees. Don't look for much relief at the shore, where it's also in the 90s later on, thanks to a land breeze. The coolest spot in the region: the Pocono Mountains. More @fox29philly pic.twitter.com/0NExn0b9pO— Sue Serio (@SueSerioFox29) July 20, 2020
Dogs and other animals are expected to be affected by the heat. All dogs are mandated to have shade and be protected from the sun. Pet owners who don’t provide shade will be sanctioned with $500 or more. Street dogs will also be given temporary shelter. Contact ACCT Philly at 267-385-3800.
The city will open alternate cooling sites for residents without options. The article said that proper social distancing and PPE are required when using these facilities.
Lower occupancy limits and enhanced cleaning will be implemented to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection. The following libraries will be open between 1 pm and 5 pm Monday:
- Haddington Library at 446 North 65th Street
- Lillian Marrero Library at 601 West. Lehigh Avenue
- Logan Library at 1333 Wagner Avenue
The following sites will be open between 1 pm and 5 pm Monday.
- West Philadelphia High School at 49th and Chestnut streets
- Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts at 1901 North Front Street
SEPTA Cooling Buses
Air-conditioned buses will be available for residents to stop by and cool off. Buses are expected to be open between 1 pm and 5 pm Monday at the following locations:
- Germantown and Allegheny avenues
- Wyoming and Rising Sun avenues
- Frankford and Allegheny avenues
- 52nd Street and Larchwood Avenue
92 Spraygrounds will remain open. People will also have to wear a mask when not in water.
⚠️🥵 Sunday will begin a 3 to 4 day stretch of dangerously hot conditions across the region. Monday is forecast to be the most oppressive, with heat index values up to 110°. Limit time outdoors during the hottest part of the day and drink plenty of water. #PAwx #NJwx #DEwx #MDwx pic.twitter.com/CMoFaZ83Gq— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) July 18, 2020