Avoid Day’s Unrelenting Heat, Weather Service Warns

MOUNT HOLLY NJ – Beginning Thursday (today, Aug. 4, 2022) at 11 a.m. residents of western Montgomery County, and specifically those in the river boroughs of Pottstown and Collegeville, as well as in all of Berks County are being issued a heat advisory by the National Weather Service. It urges them to be cautious of heat-related illnesses during expected daytime temperatures of up to 101 degrees.

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” forecasters advised.

The stifling heat could continue into the evening. The warning remains in effect until 8 p.m., according to the weather service office serving southeastern Pennsylvania.

“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” it added. “Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.” To reduce risk during outdoor work, it also recommended “scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency!,” it warned.

The potentially hazardous weather also concentrates air pollution, making breathing difficult for some.

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission simultaneously issued a “Code Orange” air quality alert for Thursday through midnight, indicating that ground-level ozone and fine particles could affect breathing among “sensitive groups.” They include children; people suffering from asthma, heart disease, or other lung diseases; and the elderly.

“Effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors,” it said. “Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” the weather service added.

The recent heat has taken its toll in locations from Pennsylvania to Maine, State College-based AccuWeather Inc. noted. Lawns are brown, crops are stressed, and small streams have been reduced to a trickle, it observed, and would welcome a soaking rainfall or a few downpours over a couple of days.

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