Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Weekend
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Poconos this weekend, with the Heat Index hitting up to 110. Please hydrate and check on the elderly & infirm.
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT SUNDAY
HEAT INDEX VALUES...105 to 110 this afternoon and on Sunday afternoon. Values will be a bit lower in the elevated terrain of the Poconos and far northern New Jersey, as well as right along the coast.
* TEMPERATURES...Maximum readings in the middle and upper 90s this afternoon and on Sunday afternoon. Overnight lows will be mainly in the upper 70s.
* TIMING...The most dangerous of the heat and humidity will occur from mid afternoon into the early evening both days.
* IMPACTS...The excessive heat and humidity may cause heat stress or heat stroke. The most susceptible individuals are the elderly and those with pre-existing health issues.
Recommended actions Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or the late evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing. Drink plenty of water. To reduce your risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in a shaded or air conditioned environment. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a DANGEROUS SITUATION. Stay in an air-conditioned environment, stay out of the sun, and check on elderly relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle under any circumstance. This is especially true during hot weather when a car`s interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.