Newark Hot Weather Forecast: Shelters, Safety Tips, Chill Sites


NEWARK, NJ – Get ready for the heat, Newark.

Meteorologists predict temperatures will reach the mid-90s in Newark on Thursday, with the heat index reaching 103 degrees, city officials said.

Forecasters say the temperature will drop a bit to a high of 93 degrees on Friday and 88 degrees on Saturday. But the heat will rise again in Newark on Sunday when a high of 92 degrees is forecast, and it will remain above 90 degrees through Wednesdayaccording to AccuWeather.

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A “Code Red” will be in effect for Newark from Thursday, August 4 through Friday, August 5. When a Code Red is in effect, Newark residents should take precautions to prevent serious illnesses that can result from extreme heat, especially among the most vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and those with medical conditions. chronic health or mental health issues, officials said.

“Vulnerable Newark residents should use air conditioning to stay cool, drink water at regular intervals, and limit strenuous activities, especially during the hottest hours of the day,” city officials said.

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Here are a few other things to keep in mind if the thermometer starts to rise in Newark.

HOMELESS SHELTERS

Several emergency shelters operate in extremely hot weather, partnering with the city to provide overnight accommodation for unaddressed residents. For more information about shelter services, contact the shelters listed below or the Office of Homeless Services at (973) 877-9481, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition, the city’s Office of Homeless Services has contracted with Bridges, Inc. to provide outreach and engagement services to Newark’s homeless population from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., 7 days on 7. Attention is on homeless “hotspots” such as Penn Station, city parks, under bridges and areas off the McCarter Expressway, especially for the homeless chronic conditions and people with mental health and addiction problems.

“If you identify homeless people in need of services, you may contact Bridges, Inc. at 908-858-7019,” officials said.

CHECK PEOPLE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO HEAT

According to Newark city officials:

“A small but crucial gesture can help ensure that we all have a healthy and safe summer. Get to know your neighbors and communicate with neighbors and loved ones by phone at least twice a day during heat waves. Pay particular attention to the elderly, the very young and anyone with a pre-existing medical condition.”

Residents should also check on neighbors who may be isolated from friends and family, officials said.

HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS FOR HEAT PROTECTION

Newark officials shared the following tips for staying safe in extreme temperatures:

  • Air conditioning is the best way to stay cool when it’s hot outside. However, some people don’t have an air conditioner or don’t turn it on when they need it. Newark residents are encouraged to use air conditioning or fans. If air conditioning is not available in a residence, please help those affected to get to a place where it is available.
  • Stay out of the sun. This is the fastest way to overheat. Also avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear lightweight, shiny, or light-colored clothing to reflect some of the sun’s energy.
  • Drink fluids, preferably water, even if you are not thirsty. Water is also the safest liquid to drink during heat-related emergencies. This will help your body maintain a cooler temperature. If you are on a fluid-restricted diet or taking diuretics, please consult your doctor first. Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine.
  • Eat small, frequent meals.
  • Avoid strenuous activities, especially during peak sunlight hours, which are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you must perform strenuous activity, it is advisable to do so during the coolest part of the day, that is, in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 7 a.m.
  • If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Refresh yourself with a cool bath or shower.
  • Cover all exposed skin with SPF (15 or higher) sunscreen.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head.
  • Be extremely careful when deciding to take a baby outside during extreme heat conditions.
  • Be careful not to overdress young children, especially newborns and infants.
  • Never leave children or pets in the car.

The City of Newark will open cooling centers in all five wards when temperatures reach extremely high temperature and humidity levels. Residents can find the nearest ones by calling (973) 733-4311 or visiting http://www.newarknj.gov.

HEAT DISEASE

According to Newark officials:

“Heat illnesses are serious. Prolonged exposure to heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. The added stress of heat can also irritate heart or lung disease, even without symptoms of heat illness.”

Officials said the risk of getting sick during a heat wave is increased for people who:

  • Not having or not using air conditioning.
  • Are 65 years of age or older.
  • Have chronic medical or mental health issues.
  • Taking certain medications, which can disrupt body temperature regulation.
  • Are confined to their bed, have difficulty moving around or are unable to leave their home.
  • Are overweight.
  • Consuming alcohol or illegal drugs.

“Know the warning signs of heat stress!” officials asked. “If you or someone you know feels weak or passed out, go to a cool place and drink water. If there is no improvement, call a doctor or 911.”

People should call 911 if someone they know starts showing two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Hot, dry skin OR cold, clammy skin.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Confusion, disorientation or dizziness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

KEEPING YOUR ANIMALS SAFE

The summer months can be as uncomfortable for pets as they are for humans, Newark officials point out.

“Pets are as affected by humidity as they are by warm ambient temperatures,” officials said, recommending the following tips to keep them comfortable during the heat advisory:

  • Avoid dehydration: Pets can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water.
  • Exercise early and late: When the temperature is very high, do not let your dog linger on the hot asphalt. Your pet’s body can heat up quickly and the sensitive pads can burn.
  • Know when your pet is in danger: Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate and breathing, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapsing. Flat-faced animals like pugs and Persian cats are more susceptible to heatstroke because they cannot pant as effectively. They should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Never leave a pet inside a parked car on a hot day. Even with the windows open, extreme temperatures inside a parked car could quickly lead to fatal heatstroke for your pet.
  • Protect cats by installing mosquito nets in your windows. Windows without screens pose a real danger to cats, which often fall out of them during the summer months.
  • Pack your pet’s emergency “travel bag”: Food, water, medicine and pet supplies should always be included in your emergency preparedness plans and “travel bags”. of travel “.

SENIORS CENTRES, COOLING SITES, RECREATION CENTERS

Newark officials also shared information about senior centers, cooling sites and recreation centers in the city where people can get relief from the heat. See charts below.

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