UPDATE – Heat Advisory has expired
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Heat Advisory for eastern Pennsylvania, including Berks County, until 7pm this evening. Heat index values are expected to hit 100 degrees, due to temperatures in the lower 90s, and dewpoints in the lower to mid 70s.
The heat index values will peak between about 1 PM and 5 PM today, however any shower or thunderstorm that develops will provide some local relief. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
Counties under a Heat Advisory include: Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex-Western Monmouth, Ocean, Southeastern Burlington, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Western Chester, Western Montgomery, Upper Bucks.
How to Prepare
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
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 light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
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.