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Dan Blevins has completed the 335-mile Pittsburgh-Washington, D.C. bike ride with the Veterans Leadership Program since he started three years ago.
He did it himself four more times – but only once in the kind of heat predicted for this weekend and beyond.
Forecasters expect at least a week of hot and humid days, with the heat index in the 90s.
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"We have lots of electrolytes, a lot of fruit and gums," said Blevins, 34, of Carnegie. "We just bring a lot of food along to make sure people have what they need to fight the potentially oppressive heat.
The group has rest areas every 10-15 miles, with several air-conditioned vehicles Cyclists (19659004) "We also have medically trained on-the-road staff who are able to detect and treat the signs of heat exhaustion," Blevins said. "We're always planning extreme heat, even though we've been there for the past three years had not had. "
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh was about to announce a heat recommendation for this weekend.
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– NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) June 29, 2018
The region on Friday was under an air quality warning for unhealthy ozone e, which was expected to take until Weekend. Infants, the elderly and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to limit their time outdoors.
Several agencies in Allegheny County called on people to prepare for the heat wave to avoid problems.
Allegheny County Emergency Services advised people to provide themselves with food, water, and medicines; Check with your doctor to determine if changes to medication are required in extreme heat. Store medicines safely at the recommended temperature; and see how they can make their homes cooler.
Power failures are possible during heat waves, so people should keep their phones charged and get batteries and things that do not require cooling.
People should also be aware of the symptoms of heat illnesses, officials said.
Heat cramps and heat exhaustion can cause muscle pain or cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, weakness, dizziness, headache or fainting. Anyone suffering from these symptoms should go to a cooler place, loosen or remove clothing, take a sip of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar, and seek medical help if symptoms persist for more than an hour.
A more serious condition, heat stroke, requires immediate medical attention. Signs of heat stroke are extremely high body temperature (over 103 degrees taken orally); red, hot and dry skin without sweat; fast, strong pulse; Dizziness; Confusion; or unconsciousness. If you see these symptoms, you should act quickly to seek medical help by calling 911 and doing everything necessary to cool down until help arrives.
Children and pets should never be left alone in hot vehicles.
The city of Pittsburgh also offers opportunities to combat the heat in the city pools, which are open from 17h to 17h45. Spray Parks are also open from 10:00 to 20:00. if the weather permits it.
A list of pools and spray parks is available online.
These Citipark locations serve as cooling centers:
• Southside Market House, 12th St. & 1 Bedford Square, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Saturday and noon until 4pm Sunday.
• Brookline Recreation Center, 1400 Oakridge St., 8 am to noon Saturday.
Officials advise people to stay hydrated, spend time in air-conditioned locations, and stay out of the sun, especially during the hottest time of the day; Use sunscreen; wear bright clothes; eat smaller, colder meals; and avoid strenuous activities.
The Department of Humanitarian Services also reminds residents over the age of 60 that they can visit one of the provincial-funded senior centers during regular opening hours to socialize and enjoy activities while seeking refuge from the heat. A list of all senior citizen centers in Allegheny County can be found online.
People also need to be aware of their pets when it's warm outside, and those who do not break city and state laws, according to the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department.
Pet owners are not allowed to let dogs outside for more than 30 minutes when the temperature is over 90 degrees according to a Pittsburgh regulation and state law, the department said in a news release.
When police officers find an animal in a hot car and the animal is in distress, the officers remove the animal for safety reasons. People who leave their pets outside for a long time and in hot vehicles are being charged with animal cruelty, city officials said.
When people see a dog in a hot car, they should immediately call the emergency number because, according to the department, even a few minutes can be fatal in a hot car.
Kennedy says the weather service might issue a heat recommendation for Monday or Tuesday as the index could reach 100 degrees.
The advisory can trigger measures such as regulating the power supply and changing the work requirements outdoors.
A high pressure ridge covers the northeast and will likely not disappear soon, Kennedy said.
Temperatures will rise on Friday with highs in the early '80s. The heat index on Saturday will rise from the low to mid 90s. On Sunday, the heat index will rise to the upper nineties, according to the forecast of the National Weather Service for the region.
For Monday and Tuesday the heat index could break 100 degrees.
It is predicted that high temperatures will last until at least Thursday.
Typical highs for the region at this time of year are in the low 80-degree range, according to Kennedy.
Tribune review staff writer Tom Davidson contributed. Mary Ann Thomas and Patrick Varine are editors of Tribune Review. Contact Thomas at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or Twitter @MaThomas_Trib. Reach Varine at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.