County is under a heat advisory through Tuesday evening

Montgomery County issues second July Code Red

(Credit: Montgomery County, Pa.)

  • Public Safety

A Code Red has been declared for all of Montgomery County, Pa. on July 8. The code will last through July 9 at 8 p.m. The county has declared this public health notice based on the forecast information from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ.

During this time, especially from 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, day temperatures are expected to reach a heat index at or above 100 degrees. These “feel like” temperatures will last more than two hours total, which constitutes a Code Red.

During a Code Red, those older adults or very young children should take special caution, as well as those with chronic medical conditions or those taking medications that may put them at additional risks.

Cooling programs are open throughout the County. Residents can find their nearest station via the PA 2-1-1 website here.

Those working outdoors should take care to frequently break from work and seek hydration and shade. Helpful tips for all residents, according to Montgomery County’s website, include:

  • Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic/non-caffeinated fluids
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitted clothing
  • Try not to work outdoors in the warmest parts of the day
  • Keep windows and doors open when operating a fan in the home
  • Seek air-conditioned buildings
  • Rest in shaded areas
  • Visit senior adult activity centers (SAACs), malls, or libraries to enjoy AC

For those that need emergency shelter during the Code Red, call the county’s Community Connections program at 610-278-3522.


Melissa S. Finley

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