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National Weather Service: Heat index up to 108 on Saturday

The National Weather Service has again issued an Excessive Heat Warning, noting in particular that Saturday will have temperatures as high as 103 and a heat index up to 108 in the region.

The warning already has been extended to Sunday morning, when low temperatures in Philadelphia are expected to be 80 to 85 degrees, the weather service said. Temperatures should be in the 70s in the suburban areas.

“Substantial relief will not arrive until Sunday night or Monday,” the warning states.

According to the warning:

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 IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY
OF FLUIDS... STAY IN AN AIR CONDITIONED ROOM... STAY OUT OF
THE SUN... AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT PETS HAVE ACCESS TO PLENTY OF COOL
WATER AND A SHADED AND WELL VENTILATED AREA. THE MOST
HUMANE THING TO DO IS TO BRING THEM INTO AN AIR CONDITIONED
PLACE.

Barrington forecast, according to the National Weather Service:

  • Friday: 96/75
  • Saturday: 102/79
  • Sunday: 93/70
  • Monday: 86/67
  • Tuesday: 85/66

To avoid heat-related illness, the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following:

  •  Avoid, as much as possible, working or playing in the hot sun or other hot areas. If you must be out in the sun, wear a head covering. A wide-brimmed hat or visor will not only protect your head from intense rays of the sun, it will also provide a shield for your eyes.
  • Use air-conditioners and fans. Open windows to release trapped hot air.
  • Those taking regular medication should consult with their physician. Some medications cause an adverse reaction in hot weather.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids, warm and cool. Because the body loses fluids in the heat, drinking lots of liquids helps to avoid dehydration.
  • Maintain a normal diet.
  • Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.
  • Do not leave older people, children or pets alone in cars.
  • The early warning signs of heat stress are decreased energy, slight loss of appetite, faintness, light-headedness and nausea. People experiencing these symptoms should go to a cool environment, drink liquids, remove excess clothing and rest.
  • Serious signs of heat stress include unconsciousness, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, mental confusion, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, staggering and difficulty breathing.  People experiencing these symptoms should get to immediate medical attention.  While waiting for help, move the person to a cool area, remove excess clothing, spray with water, and fan the person.  In an emergency, dial 911.

NOTE: The Barrington Senior Center at 229 Trenton Ave. has been designated as a cooling center for the borough, a location for residents to escape the heat. Call (856) 547-1930 for details.

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