A heat wave is expected to hit the Lehigh Valley on Thursday and Friday, and some areas are offering places for residents to cool down while temperatures reach the mid-90s.
The National Weather Service said in addition to the high temperatures, the heat index will exceed 100 degrees on both days. A heat advisory has been issued starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.
While both Northampton County and Lehigh County do not run cooling centers, individual municipalities in both counties are offering ways to stay cool.
In Allentown, Mack Pool will be free for all residents Thursday and Friday. Additionally, there will be a cooling station with fire trucks at Irving Park and Roosevelt Park from noon to 3 p.m.
In Easton, officials are opening fire hydrants at the following eight locations:
Wilkes Barre and McKeen Streets
Milton and Reynolds Streets
Charles and Kleinhans Streets
11th and Butler Streets
12th Street side of Paxinosa School
9th and Jackson Streets
11th and Ferry Streets
Porter Street at March School
The hydrants will be open from noon until 6 p.m. both days.
Bucks County will have cooling centers open for seniors and those experiencing homeless. In Upper Bucks County, the Riegelsville Borough Hall at 615 Easton Road is open as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Officials recommend residents stay indoors and in air conditioning as much as possible to avoid heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
In addition to the heat, forecaster believe severe storms could hit the Lehigh Valley on Thursday as well. Storms are possible mainly after 4 p.m. They could produce gusty winds and heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service.
(1/2) Hot and humid conditions build into the region. Heat Advisories are in effect for today, and Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories are in effect for Friday. #NJwx #PAwx #DEwx #MDwx pic.twitter.com/t5bFLJWCOM
— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) July 27, 2023
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