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)
National Weather Service