Philadelphia Department of Health explains heat recommendations for start of week – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dangerous heat will persist in the Philadelphia area through the start of the workweek, prompting the city’s health department to issue a heat warning. The heat warning goes into effect at 12 p.m. Monday and lasts until 9 p.m. Tuesday

Monday’s high will rise to 96 and Tuesday’s high will be 94.

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“The Department of Health declares a heat health emergency when the temperature gets so high that vulnerable people – particularly our elderly neighbors and family members – are at increased risk of dying or ill from the heat,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole.

The PCA heat line is open on Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Operating hours and days may be extended if the heat health emergency is prolonged.

You can reach the hotline at 215-765-9040.

Cooling buses, cooling centers and other heat advisory resources will be available at the following locations:

cooling centers

These libraries will operate with extended hours on Monday, August 8, 2022 and Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Cooling center locations and hours may change if the heat emergency is extended.

Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library

125 South 52nd St


Open until 7 p.m

Joseph E. Coleman Regional Library

68 West Chelten Ave


Open until 7 p.m

Blanche A. Nixon Cobbs Creek Library

5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway


Open until 8 p.m

Fox Chase Library

501 Rawn St


Open until 8 p.m

Frankfurt library

4634 Frankford Ave


Open until 7 p.m

Fumo Family Library

2437 South Broad Street


Open until 7 p.m

Haddington Library (conference room only)

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446 North 65th Street


Open until 7 p.m

Lillian Marrero Library (meeting room only)

601 Westlehigh Ave


Open until 7 p.m

Logan Library

Wagnerallee 1333


Open until 7 p.m

Oak Lane Library

6614 North 12th Street


Open until 7 p.m

Wider Library

2808 West Lehigh Ave


Open until 7 p.m

cool buses

The City of Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA to deploy air-conditioned refrigerated buses available to the public at the following intersections:

  • Germantown Avenue and Allegheny Avenue, 19133
  • Wyoming Avenue and Rising Sun Avenue, 19120
  • Broad St and Snyder Ave, 19145
  • 70th Street and Woodland Ave, 19142

Buses are open to the public between 12:00pm and 7:00pm on Monday and 11:00am and 7:00pm on Tuesday.

Masks, hand sanitizer, water and information about heat protection and utility programs are available on the buses. The press will NOT be given access to refrigerated buses to allow residents to cool off in a private area.

Pools and spray grounds

Residents are also encouraged to visit any of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s spray spots and pools. The pools are offering free swimming during hours of operation for the duration of the Heat Health Emergency.

Residents can find all identified cooling centers as well as spray sites by clicking here or by calling 311.

For a list of open pools click here.

senior centers

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation centers for older adults are open. Senior Centers are all air-conditioned and open from 9am to 6pm

supply shutdowns

Philadelphia Department of Water shutdowns are suspended during a heat health emergency. Shutdowns for non-payment will resume after the heat health emergency ends.

Care and shelter for the homeless

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The Office of Homeless Services also declared a Code Red, beginning Thursday, August 4, 2022, that will take proactive action to protect Philadelphians affected by homelessness. Call the outreach team at (215) 232-1984 if you see someone on the street in need of shelter or other homeless services. Call 911 if there is a medical emergency.

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