If you've been waiting for summer heat, the wait is no more. Temperatures were in the 90s on Monday, making it one of the hottest days of the summer.
Temperatures topped up around 95 degrees by Monday afternoon in the area. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for some areas of New Jersey.
There is an air quality alert in effect until 10 p.m. for the region, and there is a chance of thunderstorms for Monday evening.
The American Red Cross offers these tips to deal with the heat:
- Never leave children or pets alone in an enclosed vehicle.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Eat small meals, and eat more often.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-colored, lightweight clothing.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor sports and activities.
- Use the buddy system when working outdoors in the excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend a lot of time alone or may be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to make sure they are not suffering because of the heat.
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