PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) - This should finally be the last day of dangerous, excessive heat around the region. Temperatures over the next few days should be several degrees lower.
FOX 29 Weather Authority Meteorologist Scott Williams has been keeping track. He reports this is Day 7 of the fifth heat wave of the season. A heat wave requires at least three days in a row of temperatures at 90 or above.
Williams predicts more hot and humid conditions, plus a high temperature of 95, making it feel like the triple digits in Philadelphia. The temperature should only reach 93 in the Lehigh Valley and 90 down the shore. Wednesday, Philadelphia should only get up to 90 degrees.
Strong thunderstorms may bring periods of relief to some areas.
There are still excessive heat warnings in effect for Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania; Camden County in New Jersey; and New Castle County in Delaware. They’re set to expire at 8pm.
There are several heat advisories still in effect, some set to expire at 5pm and others at 8pm. See the FOX 29 Weather Authority's Weather Alert page, with watches and warnings by county.
Authorities say a fourth heat-related death has been recorded in Philadelphia during the current heat wave. A spokesman for the city medical examiner's office said Sunday heat was a factor in the death of a 72-year-old Wwest Philadelphia man whose other conditions included diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
Officials earlier said heat was a factor in the death of a 59-year-old North Philadelphia man, a 67-year-old North Philadelphia woman and an 82-year-old Northeast Philadelphia woman.
In addition to those four deaths during the current heat wave, there have been four other heat-related deaths this year.
Click here for tips on staying cool and safe from the city of Philadelphia, plus cooling centers and spray ground locations in the city.
In Philadelphia, you’re asked to call the city's outreach team at 215-232-1984 if you see people who are homeless and suffering from the heat.
Seniors in distress or others concerned about a senior should call the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging’s HeatLine at 215-765-9040, open Tuesday 8:30am to 6pm.
Over the river, call the Camden County Division of Senior Services at 856-858-3220.
By the way, Earth just broiled to its hottest month in recorded history.
NASA says July burst global temperature records even after the fading of a strong El Nino, which spikes global temperatures on top of man-made climate change.
NASA's five hottest months on record are July 2016, July 2011, July 2015, July 2009 and August 2014. Only July 2015 was during an El Nino. Records go back to 1880.
Also, this is the 10th record hot month in a row, according to NASA.
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The consecutive days of hazy, hot and humid conditions have been taking their toll on cars. AAA Mid-Atlantic reports getting more than 900 roadside assistance calls by noon Monday, after more than 2,800 calls over the weekend.
The auto club says most of the drivers called for help with dead batteries, flat tires or needed a tow.