MT. HOLLY-Multiple warnings were issued today as the heatwave sweeping across New Jersey is expected to intensify this weekend.
Today’s heat index is expected to climb to 106 degrees this afternoon and 110 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Actual temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90’s across New Jersey with dangerous heat and humidity levels expected around noon each day through late afternoon.
The National Weather Service warns excessive heat and humidity may cause heat stress or heat stroke. The most susceptible individuals are the elderly and those with pre-existing health issues.
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or the late evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” the NWS said. “Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing. Drink plenty of water. To reduce your risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in a shaded or air conditioned environment. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool shaded location. ”
Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a DANGEROUS SITUATION. Stay in an air-conditioned environment, stay out of the sun, and check on elderly relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle under any circumstance. This is especially true during hot weather when a car`s interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
An air quality alert has also been issued for Friday across most of the southern half of New Jersey.
“An Ozone Action Day has been declared,” The NWS said. “Ozone is forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups category along the I-95 corridor due to hot temperatures, sunny skies, and light southwesterly winds. Sensitive individuals including the very young, the elderly, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the afternoon and early evening hours.”