Oppressive Philly Heat Wave Causes 3 Deaths This Weekend

The heat warning is extended until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Stay in air conditioning if you can.

iStockphoto.com | red_spy

iStockphoto.com | red_spy

Philadelphia’s fifth excessive heat wave of the summer claimed three lives this past weekend.

A 59-year-old man from North Philadelphia died yesterday, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Health told the Inquirer. A 67-year-old woman from Brewerytown and an 82-year-old woman from Port Richmond died on Saturday.

All three deaths were the cause of heat complications in addition to pre-existing health issues. Both deaths that occurred Saturday were related to heart disease, while Sunday’s death was also caused by diabetes, the newspaper reports. The names of the victims have not yet been released. 

Heat indexes rose to 106 degrees this weekend while the five-day excessive heat warning was extended until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Worried residents are encouraged to call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline at 215-765-9040. The heatline will operate through Tuesday.

Feeling agitated or anxious? The heat could be impacting your mood. Check out the city’s tips on how to stay cool and calm. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit one of these buildings or a public pool.

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