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Heat warning issued through Wednesday

By Katie Morgan | The Moorestown Sun

Several counties in South Jersey have issued an excessive heat warning, continuing until 8 p.m. on Friday. Temperatures have been record-breaking, hovering near 100 degrees. A representative from the National Weather Service said that while temperatures may reach as high as 102 today, the humidity might make it seem several degrees hotter.

A “heat wave” is defined as three or more consecutive days with temperatures reaching above 90 degrees. The lack of rain coupled with extreme temperatures in the past days has resulted in an increase of heat-related illnesses such as sunstroke, heat collapse and heat exhaustion due to dehydration. Those at highest risk are the elderly, young children, and those who are overweight, ill or on certain medications.

Burlington County Health Officer Robert Gogats has issued a heat advisory for today and tomorrow.

“We issued the warning today, and it seems the advisory will be extended for a few days,” he said. “In this excessive heat, we want to be careful. We’ll be watching the temperature closely.”

Gogats recommends that those venturing out into the heat wear light colored, loose fitting clothing and stay hydrated, but avoid coffee and alcohol.

“They seem like common sense things,” said Gogats, “but the last thing you want is heat stroke.”

Those suffering from heat stroke may experience hot, dry skin, an absence of sweat and a rapid pulse. Victims of heatstroke require immediate medical attention.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services urges people to stay in air-conditioned areas. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, spend time in libraries, movies, malls, or other public buildings. Do not leave pets or children in cars, as temperatures can quickly reach dangerous levels.

For Burlington County residents who are economically disadvantaged and/or have a medical need, the Heat Advisory Program distributes fans to those who meet the criteria. Senior citizens wishing to take advantage of this program can call the Office on Aging at (609) 265–5069. All others can schedule an evaluation by calling the Office of Human Services at (609) 265–5545.

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