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Heat Wave To Hit Western Pennsylvania Heading Into The Weekend

Gene J. Puskar
After a morning in kindergarten, Luke Miedel, 5, center, and Cormac Campfield, 5, left, spend the afternoon in 90 degree heat playing in a fountain on the Northside of Pittsburgh Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.

It’s going to be really hot in Pittsburgh this weekend. Beginning Friday temperatures will rise, making it feel like upwards of 100 degrees, and state officials are warning of an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke

Residents are urged to stay indoors with air-conditioning. Those without AC can visit Pittsburgh’s recreation centers and senior community centers, which will provide cooling amidst the heat.

More information, including rec center locations and hours of operation, can be found here, and senior community centers can be found here.

National Weather Service meteorologist Miranda Fullerton said Saturday will peak in the mid 90s, and urged residents to be careful in the heat. “Even though we will be hot, with our actual temperatures, when you factor in the humidity it will feel even warmer,” she said, adding that that afternoon hours will be the warmest.

Fullerton said this type of heat wave isn’t unprecedented for the region, “you know, it’s July, it’s hot, it’s humid, that’s usually what happens around here.” Around a year ago, the National Weather Service issued similar heat advisories. 

Governor Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to take extra precautions with children, pets, and older adults, and those currently fighting illness, as the heat could harm them the most. “With the extreme heat and humidity forecast over the next five days, I want all Pennsylvanians – residents and visitors – to be cognizant of how to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors, pets and livestock. It’s imperative to their well-being.”