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Excessive heat warning in effect today

Monday, May 28, 2012

With a heat index expected to be in the mid-90s, an excessive heat warning has been issued for parts of the Philadelphia area for Monday.

Searing sun and brutal humidity created what will be the start of several uncomfortable days in the Delaware Valley.

But don't tell that to UnaVee Bruce.

"I'm born in July, so you know I like heat," said Bruce.

She may like the heat, but city officials have issued an excessive heat warning, which means that the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline has been activated.

Outreach to the homeless will begin and people are urged to check on the elderly and those with medical conditions.

Bruce has a plan of attack.

"Keep the lights down, cook early, and turn on the air," says Bruce.

With the hot temperatures, the city fountains were a popular place Sunday afternoon.

"It's hot, summer's coming, so we have to get cold," said Louis Cordero.

The heat didn't stop many people from pounding the pavement and getting a little Memorial Day exercise in.

Health Professional advise against exercise outdoors during excessive heat, but for the young and fit it can be a time to test one's endurance.

"It says 84 on the PECO building, and I'm feeling it, every bit of it. I'm sweating like a pig," said Kevin Smith.

We hear them often, but here are some tips to beat the heat: drink plenty of fluids, wear light clothing, and don't forget your pets. They also need plenty of water and a cool place to chill. Also - please don't leave pets or children in the car.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's 'Heatline' 215-765-9040

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