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An Excessive Heat Warning for June 23 — the first of the year — was issued and extended through 8:00 p.m. today by Deputy Mayor and Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz.

According to a Department of Health press release, the warning signaled the activation of several Philadelphia special summer heat programs, including home visits by special field teams, enhanced daytime outreach for the homeless, and the Buddy System, Philadelphia’s effort to encourage the public to check on older friends, relatives, and neighbors.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Heatline, a joint effort between PCA and the health department to prevent health related deaths by providing heat-management and stress tips over the phone, was also activated. Heatline has city department nurses on site to speak with callers regarding health complications related to the heat during the advisory.

According to, the highest recorded June 23 temperature for Philadelphia was in 1888 at 97 degrees. The record high for June 24 was set in 1923 at 99 degrees.

Early warning signs of heat stress include decreased energy, slight loss of appetite and faintness, but can eventually lead to more serious symptoms such as unconsciousness, vomiting, and difficulty breathing if left unaddressed.

In times of excessive heat, the health department recommends wearing wide-brimmed hats when out in the sun, wearing loose clothing, maintaining a normal diet, and staying in air-conditioned rooms.

Heatline, which can be reached at 215-765-9040, will be in operation today from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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