York County could face dangerously warm temperatures until Friday as a heat warning goes into effect.
The heat index could reach 109 for Wednesday and Thursday in York County, according to the State College’s National Weather Service.
A heat advisory will be in effect from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Then, an excessive heat warning will go into effect from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday.
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This affects central Pennsylvania, including York, Dauphin, Cumberland, Adams, and Lancaster counties.
The excessively hot conditions are expected to continue on Friday, with relief from the heat and humidity over the weekend, according to the NWS.
Showers and thunderstorms are also possible after 5 p.m. Wednesday, with chances of the storms producing gusty winds, according to the NWS. The sky will be mostly sunny, with a high near 98.
“Excessive heat will greatly increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, especially for those who work outdoors or participate in outdoor activities. The heat can put the lives of the elderly and unhealthy people at risk. danger, due to prolonged exposure without air conditioning, “the NWS said.
Here are the precautionary and heat preparation measures according to NWS:
- Drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and stay in an air-conditioned room.
- Check on family members and neighbors, and provide pets with adequate water and shelter from the sun.
- Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.
- If you work or spend time outdoors, reschedule strenuous activities early in the morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light, loose clothing.
- To reduce the risk when working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
- Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.