Union County under heat advisory until July 24 – Union County
Residents urged to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses
The Union County Board of County Commissioners is advising residents that a heat advisory remains in effect for Union County through Sunday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m., with temperatures expected to reach up to 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Heat index values should be in the upper 90s to lower hundreds.
Hot temperatures and high humidity can cause heat-related illnesses. Heat index, also known as apparent temperature, is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with air temperature. Homes without air conditioning can be much warmer than outside temperatures.
“We encourage all residents to be as safe as possible during this latest heat wave. There are several designated cooling spots in Union County that residents can visit to stay cool, as well as other steps to take to prevent heat-related illnesses,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. .
Residents are advised to stay hydrated, limit outdoor activities and watch out for neighbors in need. They are also reminded not to leave children or pets unattended in a car.
Residents without air conditioning can call 211 or visit https://www.nj211.org/nj-cooling-centers for a county-by-county listing of cooling centers in New Jersey. Residents can also cool off by visiting local libraries, indoor shopping malls and other air-conditioned public places.
A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to feel like 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.
Older people and those with chronic health conditions or mental health issues are at increased risk. Friends, family members and vulnerable neighbors should be monitored.
To reduce risk when working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area. If heatstroke is suspected, call 911 immediately.
For more heat safety tips from the National Weather Service, visit weather.gov/safety/heat.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the public information line at 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form .
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