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Air quality warning in Philadelphia area as heat wave continues; tracking rain and stormy weather Sunday

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A heat wave that has already given us the hottest days of 2024 is back in effect Friday, this time with an air quality warning heat dome over the Philadelphia region is not budging.

In addition to concerns about air quality in the Philadelphia area today, a heat advisory is also in effect as potential wind chill temperatures could reach 100 degrees due to the high dew point and humidity in today’s weather.

Air Quality Alert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Today: What You Need to Know


The stagnant air mass above us ensures that ozone and particulate matter cannot flow out of the air as normal. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, we are under Code Orange for ozone and will experience moderate levels of PM2.5, or particles less than 2.5 micrometers wide.

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a Code Orange on the Air Quality Index means that the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as the elderly, children and people with breathing difficulties or lung diseases such as asthma and COPD.

You can monitor air quality conditions at Airnow.gov or on this webpage at Phila.gov.


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How hot will it be in Philadelphia today? High temperature, humidity and weather forecast


The high temperature in Philadelphia today will reach 94 degrees and it will be hazy, hot and humid. Thanks to the high dew point, that 94 degrees that we reach in the late afternoon around 3 or 4 p.m. will feel more like 100 degrees. It still feels like the 90s until sunset.

When you’re outside the city, it feels a little cooler – and that’s noticeable on the Jersey Shore, where the high temperature is only 80 degrees.

If you are in those areas affected by the heat advisory, keep some things in mind We’ve been saying that all week: if you absolutely have to work or exercise outside, it is safer early in the day, watch for the signs of heat exhaustion, stay hydrated, and listen to your body.

We’ve got more expert tips on how to stay cool in the link above and in the video below.

There are also resources in the city, such as cooling centers And swimming pools (open continuously all week) which you can access when you want to cool off. Pay attention to your safety!

The doctor explains how a heat wave can affect your health and what you need to do to stay cool


Rain and storm chances around the Philadelphia area Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Lehigh Valley under severe weather risk

On Friday, areas far north and west of Philadelphia could experience high winds and rain. If a storm does arrive, it will be mainly confined to the Lehigh Valley and Poconos. These areas are at a level 1 or ‘marginal’ risk of severe weather on Friday.


The entire region could see potential thunderstorms on Saturday, but the only severe risk is even further north and west of Philadelphia – with the Poconos and Lehigh Valley still potentially affected at a Level 1 risk.


On Sunday, we’ll see the entire region fall under a Level 1 or “marginal” risk of severe weather, including high winds, heavy rain, small hail and a chance of an isolated tornado. Tornado risk is low, but we will flag when conditions allow.

We could first see strong storms in the Lehigh Valley around 2 or 2:30 PM before more moving through Delaware and South Jersey between 5 and 6 PM.

The storms could continue to pop up in South Jersey through the evening and into Monday morning.

Each of these storms can bring heavy rain showers, although they will provide some cooling due to the high daytime temperature of 38 degrees.

Stay with us as we continue to monitor these storms and their arrival.

Here’s your seven-day forecast:


Friday: NEXT Weather warning for high heat. High 94

Saturday: NEXT Weather warning for high heat. High 98, low 75

Sunday: NEXT Weather warning for high heat. High 98, low 76

Monday: Sunny yet warm. High 92, low 77

Tuesday: More sun and warmth. High 91, low 69

Wednesday: Back to the high 90s. High 97, low 69

Thursday: Finally the 80s! Chance of rain. High 89, low 73

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