'Dangerously hot conditions' as heat index could hit 109 in York County

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Leon Dixon, 10 dumps water on Jamika Smith, 6, while playing in the Penn Park splash pad in York City, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

York County could face dangerously hot temperatures through Friday as a heat warning goes into effect.

The heat index could reach 109 for Wednesday and Thursday in York County, according to the National Weather Service in State College. 

A heat advisory will be in effect from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Then, an excessive heat warning will take effect from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday.

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This affects central Pennsylvania, including York, Dauphin, Cumberland, Adams and Lancaster counties.

Excessive heat conditions are likely to continue Friday, with relief from the heat and humidity coming over the weekend, according to NWS.

Showers and thunderstorms are also possible after 5 p.m. Wednesday, with chances of the storms producing gusty winds, according to NWS. Skies will be mostly sunny, with a high near 98. 

"The excessive heat will significantly increase the risk for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working outside or participating in outdoor activities. The heat may be life-threatening to the elderly and those in poor health, due to prolonged exposure without air conditioning," NWS said. 

Here are precautionary and preparedness measures for the heat according to NWS:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and stay in an air-conditioned room.
  • Check up on relatives and neighbors, and provide pets with adequate water and shelter from the sun.
  • Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
  • If you work or spend time outside, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.
  • To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
  • Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.