Heat advisory in effect through Wednesday

Expect dangerously hot and humid conditions throughout the Philadelphia region.

August 28, 2018 - 6:35 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The U.S. National Weather Servce has issued a heat advisory, in effect from noon Tuesday through 8 p.m. Wednesday, for all of eastern Pennsylvania, central New Jersey and New Castle County, Delaware.

For Tuesday, expect hazy sunshine, with dangerously hot and humid. The high temperature is expected to reach 96 degrees, though it will feel more like 100 degrees.

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Tuesday night is expected to be muggy and warm with a few clouds. Temperatures should drop to 77 degrees overnight.

On Wednesday: more hazy sunshine, dangerously hot and humid, and a high of 97 degrees. The heat index will make it feel hotter than 100 degrees.

People may experience heat stress during strenuous activity outdoors or extended exposure to the sun and high temperatures. The very young, the elderly and people without air conditioning are among the most susceptible. Car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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People in the region are advised to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water, avoid strenuous activity and direct sunlight, wear light-colored clothing, and check on the elderly and young children. 

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has issued a code orange air quality alert for Tuesday in the greater Philadelphia area, as well.

Air pollution concentrations within the region reach unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, e.g., children, people with asthma, people with heart disease or other respiratory diseases, and the elderly.