The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey, has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, including Berks County, from Wednesday at noon through 8pm Thursday. In addition, an Excessive Heat Watch has been issued following the Warning, Thursday evening through Friday evening.
Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values around 105 on Wednesday up to 110 on Thursday, and up to 106 on Friday.
Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
The most oppressive heat and humidity is forecast to occur Thursday. The period of hot and humid conditions will likely continue through Friday. Overnight low temperatures in the mid 70s will not provide much relief from the heat.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends 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! Call 9 1 1.