People around the region preparing to stay cool during this week's heat wave

Many people visiting the shore this week have their own plans to try and beat the heat.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
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With days of heat ahead, people all around the region are seeking out ways to stay safe from the high temperatures and oppressive humidity.

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- With days of heat ahead, people all around the region are seeking out ways to stay safe from the high temperatures and oppressive humidity.

Staying Cool at the Shore

Luckily for those down the shore, the cooler ocean water will help provide temporary relief to help beat the heat and humidity in Atlantic City.

"Being by the water. Feeling the water, you know, the breeze. It's really comfortable down there compared to inland," says Jordan Andrews.

The heat wave is expected to produce dangerously high temperatures well into the 90s this week for most of the area.

At times, it will feel like it's nearly 100 degrees.

Many people visiting the shore this week have their own plans to try and beat the heat.

"Light stuff when it's hot. You can't wear too many dark clothes, because it draws more heat," says Tolly Ghireharie.

"I'm staying in the casino, I'm at Hard Rock Casino and so I'm going to stay in there as much as possible," says Muhammad Amin.

Philly Bracing to Extended Heat Wave

Others closer to Philadelphia are also trying their best to stay cool.

"Trying to breathe, sweating, it's uncomfortable," said Chase Trimmer of Pennsport. "I think it's just uncomfortable, especially for the little kids."

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging is expecting to activate its Heat Helpline as soon as the city declares an excessive heat warning. The phone number is: (215) 765-9040.

"We will evaluate any seniors who are calling in regarding their needs," said Nolan Lawrence, senior helpline director. "We provide cooling tips if someone is suffering from heat-induced stress. We will even refer them to a group of city nurses."

When that excessive heat warning goes into effect, officials are advising residents to find cooling centers, spraygrounds and go to public pools to cool off. They also say to pay attention for signs of heat stress.

"Heat stress will kind of manifest itself in confusion to loss of mobility, movement, hand cramping and confusion," said Lawrence.

Officials are sharing these tips on dealing with extreme heat conditions:

  • Seek out air-conditioned spaces
  • Stay hydrated and avoid caffeine or alcohol
  • Never leave children or pets alone in cars
  • Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest hours