As July heats up into the 90s, take safety precautions


It’s going to be a scorcher today, tomorrow and for a few more weeks.

The heat wave will likely cause temperatures across Centre County to reach the 90s.

National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Steinbugl said safety is important to remember during hottest days of summer.

“We encourage everyone to practice heat safety if you’re on a job site, outside or even indoors,” he said. “Stay hydrated, take more breaks, get into the shade, check on the elderly and do less strenuous activities. If you have to do strenuous activities outside, do it in the early morning or later afternoon. Don’t leave pets or kids in vehicles. That, heat safety, is what we really want to stress.”

Steinbugl said that though July and August typically have the highest temperatures of the year, the heat in early and mid-July will be above normal.

“It’s not extreme heat, and we won’t set any temperature records,” he said. “The record highs this time of year are the high 90s for State College and the surrounding areas. We may be in the low 90s at times, so it will still be very hot and humid.”

The heat, according to Steinbugl, is being caused by a large area of high pressure that has migrated from the plains and southeast to the northeast region of the United States. High temperatures will temporarily cool off into the low 80s during the weekend with a chance for isolated thunderstorms on Friday.

A report by AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski touched on heat across the United States.

Anyone on traveling to the southern U.S. should expect triple-digit temperatures. Those visiting beaches on the East Coast will experience highs in at least the mid-90s.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli