Heat wave prompts advisory, public health warnings for York County

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Cooling stations are opening across York County as weather forecasters warn of dangerous heat over the coming weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, the heat index is expected to reach above 100 degrees for several days in a row. The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.

With a heat emergency now declared for York County, various senior centers are opening their doors as cooling centers for our older residents who may not be able to beat the heat at home.

York County will be under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Thursday amid a nationwide heat wave that has prompted alerts across at least 28 states.

According to the NWS heat advisory issued Thursday, excessive heat can be life threatening among those who are most at-risk in such conditions such as children, the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions. 

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To counteract the effects of the heat, the NWS advises drinking plenty of fluids, staying out of the sun and staying in an air-conditioned room. 

The NWS also advises checking up on relatives and neighbors, especially those in those vulnerable populations. Also, provide pets with adequate water and shelter from the sun. 

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. 

A dog named Baby hanging out on the sidewalk in York on July 20, 2022.

If you work or spend time outside, the NWS advises that you 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. 

Ahmir and Aamai Kraft, from York, running through the water feature at Penn Park in York on July 20, 2022.

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Here's the National Weather Service's forecast for the next few days:

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Light west wind.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77.

Monday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

The following senior centers are open to provide relief from the heat for residents age 60 or older: 

  • Crispus Attucks Association at 605 South Duke Street, York; Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; (717) 848-3610. 
  • Delta Area Senior Center at 5 Pendyrus Street – Suite 1, Delta; Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.; (717) 456-5753. 
  • Dillsburg Senior Activity Center at 1 North Second Street, Dillsburg; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; (717) 432-2216. 
  • Golden Connections Community Center at 20-C Gotham Place, Red Lion; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; (717) 244-7229.   
  • Heritage Senior Center at 3700-4 Davidsburg Road, Dover; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; (717) 292-7471  
  • Northeastern Senior Community Center at 131 Center Street Otterbein United Methodist Church, Mount Wolf; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; (717) 266-1400.    
  • Red Land Senior Center at 736 Wyndamere Road, Lewisberry; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; (717) 938-4649. 
  • September House at 1251 West King Street, York; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; (717) 848-4417. 
  • South Central York County Senior Center at 150 East Main Street, New Freedom; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.; (717) 235-6060 
  • Stewartstown Senior Center at 26 S. Main Street, Stewartstown; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; (717) 993-3488 
  • Susquehanna Area Senior Center at 2427 Craley Road, Wrightsville; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; (717) 244-0340 
  • White Rose Senior Center at 27 South Broad Street, York; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (717) 843-9704. 
  • Windy Hill on the Campus at 1472 Roth’s Church Road, Suite 103, Spring Grove; Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; (717) 225-0733. 
  • Yorktown Senior Center at 509 Pacific Avenue, York; Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; (717) 854-0693.

The York County Coalition on Homelessness advised there will be three cooling centers for those in need of a place to go in the heat of the day.

  • LifePath Christian Ministries, located at 367 W. Market St., will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. each day through Friday as a cooling center. Residential guests of the shelter also will be allowed to stay indoors after lunch. For more information or questions, call 717-845-7662.
  • The York C.A.R.E.S. Coffee Spot, located at Union Lutheran Church, 408 W. Market St., will be open from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday as usual and can also be used as a cooling station.
  • Friends & Neighbors of Pennsylvania Inc. will be conducting street outreach and wellness checks on residents experiencing homelessness. They will be handing out supplies and water and will be encouraging people to utilize the LifePath and Coffee Spot resources above.

Those looking for cooling stations around York County can dial 211 for that information or call 1-855-567-5341 for assistance.

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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