Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Heat Wave Continues

Because high temperatures in the Pittsburgh region are forecast for the low to mid-90's through Thursday, the city and Allegheny County are keeping some of their senior centers open till 7 in the evening today and tomorrow.
Among the most susceptible to the heat are very young children and the elderly. Mildred Morrison, Allegheny County Administrator for the Area Agency on the Aging, encourages residents to check in on their elderly neighbors.

Thousands of people will be standing around in the hot weather attending the U.S. Women's Open in Oakmont. The final practice round is today and the first round gets underway Thursday morning.
Dr. Adrian D'Amico, Director of Emergency Medicine at Forbes Regional Hospital, will be one of the attending physicians at the golf tournament. He advises patrons to take frequent breaks, get into the shade and drink plenty of water.

Pittsburgh’s extreme temperatures are forcing four Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP)locations without air conditioning to suspend afternoon service for the next two days. Spokeswoman Suzanne Thinnes says the CLB branches in Lawrenceville, Mount Washington, South Side and West End will close at 1 pm today and Thursday, July 8. These locations, except for CLP – Mt. Washington, are already closed on Fridays.

Built between 1898 and 1900 the four libraries are not equipped with air conditioning, making building conditions uncomfortable for customers and staff.

Today is also another Air Quality Action Day .....Code Orange for high levels of ground ozone and particulates. The very young, the elderly and those with respiratory and heart troubles should limit outdoor activities.

The heat is not only affecting people but also their vehicles. West Penn AAA says that in the past 2 days, they have had a 35% increase in emergency calls for roadside service compared to the same 2 day period a year ago when it was cooler. Steve Popovich, the director of automotive services, says the heat is especially hard on batteries...."In fact, if the battery is older than two years, it should be tested by a qualified technician to make sure it has the starting power to handle the stress of extreme temperatures.”

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