Heat Wave 2021 Begins Today: Prepare For Excessive Heat and Triple Digit Real Feels

The temperature was pleasant enough early this morning, but don’t be fooled. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for our area, with temperatures rising beginning Wednesday around 11 a.m. and real feels in the triple digits. Temperatures are expected to rise as high as 95°F with the Heat Index climbing to 104°F between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Thunderstorms are also possible over the new few days.

Newark has activated a “Code Red” starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 11, through Saturday, August 14.

Staying inside an air conditioned or fan-cooled space is the best way to safe during extreme heat. NJ211.org has a list of cooling centers by county.

Due to the excessive heat forecast for the next several days, the following Montclair facilities will be open as cooling centers today through Friday, at their regular hours, for those who seek relief from the heat:

The Township Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue, will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., today, Thursday and Friday.
The Montclair Public Library main branch, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, will be open during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., today, Thursday and Friday.
The Montclair Public Library Bellevue Avenue branch, 185 Bellevue Avenue, will be open on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Stay Cool, Stay Safe

If outside, seek out shade and wear lightweight, bright or light-colored clothing. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty, to help your body to maintain a cooler temperature. Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine.

Heat illness is serious. Prolonged exposure to the heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. If you or someone you know feels weak or faint, go to a cool place and drink water. If there is no improvement, call a doctor or 911. Check in on those you know who are elderly, or anyone with a pre-existing medical condition.

Keep an eye on pets, too – make sure to provide plenty of fresh, clean water. Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse.

With the heat index value forecast up to 110 degrees, PSE&G says it is closely monitoring weather conditions and encouraging customers to take precautions in extreme heat and prevent higher bill with these energy and money-saving tips:

  • Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away.
  • Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
  • Don’t cool unused rooms. Close the vents and shut the door.
  • Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning. (In hot weather, set your ceiling fan to spin quickly, counterclockwise to push air downward toward the floor.)

If you (or a member of your household) rely on electricity to operate life-sustaining equipment, please notify PSE&G. To learn more, visit pseg.com/life or call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).

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