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The Heat Is On! Heat Index Well Over 100 For Pittsburgh

Experts are urging those outside to pay attention to early signs of heat-related illness

July 19, 2019 - 3:43 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With high temperatures  in the 90's this weekend and the heat index over 100 the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for this weekend.

Medical experts are telling anyone outdoors to pay attention to the early signs of heat-related illness and stay hydrated.

Dr. Donald Yealy who heads Emergency Medicine at UPMC says your best go to is water.

“You want to stick with water, it’s still the best far and away, some of the sports drinks but not energy drinks not caffeine drinks for the same reason,” said Dr. Yealy. “That general ends up with a net loss of fluid not a net benefit.”

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Most people at risk are landscapers, road crews and firefighters.

Pittsburgh Fire Chief Daryl Jones says the very equipment they wear to protect from fire isn't just heavy, “It retains our own body heat which will increase our susceptibility to the heat exhaustion, heat stroke,” said Jones.

Fire departments will be sending extra units to calls starting today for extra manpower while others cool.

And tens of thousands will be at Schenley Park this weekend for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Event officials say the city will truck in two water buffaloes and have plenty of ice.

Pittsburgh EMS Chief Ron Romano says they are prepared.

“We’ll have to ambulances, a rescue vehicle, at least one cycle medic to get . . . to anyone quickly that may have any problems.”

9-1-1 is for emergencies and the heat qualifies. Romano expects to be busier than normal this weekend. He says they'll get there as soon as they can.

Saturday’s high is forecast is 94, Sunday 90 with the heat index over 100 degrees.

Relief finally comes Monday and Tuesday with highs in the mid to upper 70s.

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