The Montgomery County Commissioners earlier today issued a hot weather warning, or “Code Red” for the county based on the recommendations from the health department and forecasts from the National Weather Service.
The warning lasts through 8 p.m. today.
A hot weather health warning is issued when the heat index has the possibility of hitting 100 degrees, according to the Montgomery County Commissioners’ press release.
In addition, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Sunday at 8 p.m.
According to the warning, heat index values will reach 105 degrees today, with an actua high near 100 degrees; temperatures will hit the upper 90s on Saturday and Sunday.
Those at risk are the elderly, very young children and those with chronic medical conditions.
According to the press release, most of the Senior Adult Activity Centers (SAACs) are air-conditioned, as are malls and libraries. The Montgomery County Human Services Center at Fornance and DeKalb streets in Norristown will also be a cooling site during a Code Red Heat Emergency for residents who cannot access other sites.
During the day, homeless residents may escape the heat at the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) on the Norristown State Hospital grounds; or the Norristown office of the Salvation Army.The Pottstown office of the Salvation Army will have water available for homeless residents.