Area Under Excessive Heat Warning

The heat of the day hours will get brutal with a triple digit heat index

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With a heat index expected to soar into the triple digits today — creating potentially dangerous conditions, Western Pennsylvania is under an excessive heat warning.

Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-90s today, but KDKA-TV Meteorologist Dennis Bowman warns that the real-feel temperatures will reach around 105-degrees between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. this afternoon.

As a result, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for most of the region until 6 p.m.

This extreme heat and humidity could make for potentially dangerous conditions and increase the threat of heat-related illnesses.

To reduce the risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, experts advise minimizing exposure to the sun and staying in air-conditioned spaces. Those who have to work or spend time outside are advised to wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

Heat Safety Reminders:

  • Slow down! Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun!
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight
  • Drink plenty of water and find air conditioning!
  • Dennis warns that it’s a good idea to stay indoors as it can be 15-to 20-degrees hotter in the sun.

    If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, you may want to head to a local shopping mall, theater or library to stay cool. Area cooling centers will have extended hours today for folks who need a break from the extreme heat.

    The steamy outlook will hang on through the weekend with highs in the low to mid-90s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dennis says that while we may see some scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening hours on each of those days, it won’t be widespread enough to bring relief to the area.

    Rising Temperatures & Humidity Prompt Health Alert (Allegheny County Health Department)
    Allegheny County Cooling Centers Extend Hours

    Current Weather Conditions

    Tips for Staying Cool & Safe (Allegheny County Department of Human Services)
    Local Radar
    National Weather Service

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    • pittgirl

      Last night, John Burnett said to go to a bar to cool off – lol Love him..

      • Nicole

        LOL love it!!

    • Jus

      95 degrees is hardly hot – it was 100 in Chicago, 103 along the big east coast cities, you people never see hot weather

    • JustinNCorpus

      TOO HOT TO BE IN A POOL???? Are you KIDDING ME???? The pools this time of the year in Pittsburgh area are ONLY in the mid, MAYBE upper 70’s. Here in Texas, our pools are in the low 90’s, since it has been above 100 everyday for weeks on end – with no rain. You people really are pansies. Whenever I have to visit your area, you are the WHITEST – white as a GHOST I have EVER seen! Why dont you people get a tan?

      • Anonymous

        because Pittsburgh is covered in clouds/rain/snow about 3/4 of the year. Summer is literally the only time that there are prolonged periods of sunshine

      • JustinStinks

        Justin, your such a tought guy. Can any of us here pleeeeeease have your autograph? Why don’t you go back to your neanderthal Texas.

      • Anonymous

        At least these white ghosts wont be having chemotherapy for skin cancer or dying a needless death for something that could have been prevented by avoiding a tan.

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