HEAT ALERT

Excessive heat watch issued for parts of New Jersey with sizzling temperatures

New Jersey braces for extreme heat. Here’s how you can stay cool and safe.

Temperatures are expected to reach the 90s over the next few days in New Jersey, with humidity making conditions feel as if they are around 100 degrees.

Matt Trapani and Chris Keating

Jul 25, 2023, 9:25 PM

Updated 330 days ago

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The extreme heat that has been blanketing the southwestern region of the United States is making its way to New Jersey.
Temperatures are expected to reach the 90s over the next few days in New Jersey, with humidity making conditions feel as if they are around 100 degrees. This type of heat can be extremely dangerous for some.
“It’s summer. You know you have to put up with it. What can you do?” asks Roger Borrovecchio.
But despite it being summer, some say that the warmer temperatures are a burden.
“It’s challenging to keep cool. Make sure the pets are cool. That your flowers are watered,” says New Brunswick resident Audry Burnett.
State Climatologist David Robinson says he has been watching what's been happening across the Southwest. There have been 25 straight days of high temperatures above 110 degrees in Phoenix alone.
"Yes, there have been plenty of extremes but what's most unusual about this heat is its persistence,” Robinson says.
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The conditions have led to 20 heat-related deaths in Phoenix. So, what should you be on the lookout for when temperatures rise?
- Heat cramps, which will cause muscle pains or spasms.
- Heat exhaustion, which features heavy sweating or weakness
- Heat stroke, which is when the body temperature reaches 103. A person will have no sweat and a rapid pulse.
These are the types of symptoms a guy like delivery driver Ronald Vega says he needs to be on the lookout for when he works long days on the road. He says his simple common sense keeps him cool.
“Drink lots of water. I wear my hat, put sunscreen on,” Vega says. “I keep the AC running in my truck all day long.”
Nearly every town across the state also has cooling centers, which will be open to those in need. A list can be found on the state’s website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 700 people die each year from extreme heat.
The weather should begin to cool down by Sunday.


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