On Wednesday 7/17/19, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the cities of Washington, Morristown, Cape May Court House, Reading, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.
The advisory is in effect until 8pm. The combination of heat and high humidity will lead to dangerously hot conditions through the weekend across much of the region. Heat index values between 100 and 105 are due to temperatures in the lower 90s, and dewpoints in the mid 70s.
The highest heat index values will occur around mid day. Additional advisories or warnings are expected during subsequent days. A prolonged period of excessive heat is foretasted through the weekend.
The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
How to prepare for high heat.
According to the National Weather Service, 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
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.