Reporting Mary Robb Jackson
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — On average, Pittsburgh has eight 90-degree-plus days a year.
So far, we’ve already logged six and we’re about to embark on a heat wave.
It’s going to be dangerously hot.
Fred McMullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, talks about one of the most worrisome situations.
“With an outside temperature of 80 degrees, in a mere 60 minutes, the temperature inside the car can rise to 123 degrees,” he explained.
It’s no place for a child or pet.
“We’re looking as a stretch of 90-degree-plus weather through the weekend,” McMullen added.
The National Weather Service is issuing a hazardous weather warning.
“Counting humidity levels, we’re looking at a heat index value right around 95 to 100 degrees,” he said.
“We’re expecting to see a lot of individuals – mostly with heat exhaustion – where they just feel very fatigued,” Dr. Arvind VanKat said.
He is most worried about the high risk elderly, the very young and those with chronic illnesses whose judgment may be affected by the heat.
“If you are already sick or are impaired for some other reason, you won’t realize the degree to which the heat is affecting you,” Dr. VanKat said.
Unless transformers blow, don’t expect blackouts. Duquesne Light says supplies are plentiful.