Philadelphia declares Heat Health Emergency Monday, Tuesday as temperatures climb to 96 degrees

A Heat Health Emergency has been declared in Philadelphia as dangerous heat is set to hit the city Monday and Tuesday.

The emergency begins at noon Monday and ends at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tempertatures on both days are expected to climb above 90 degrees, with a feel-like of over 100 degrees.

Philadelphia's declaration allows the city to put in place emergency heat programs, including Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Heatline (215-765-9040), home visits by field teams, daytime outreach for the homeless and cooling centers.

Officials also remind residents to check on their vulnerable friends and neighbors, during this time of extensive heat.

"The Health Department declares a Heat Health Emergency when the temperature gets high enough that vulnerable people – especially our elderly neighbors and family members – are at an increased risk of getting sick or dying from the heat," said Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole. "The best way to protect our loved ones is to make sure they can get into air conditioning during the hottest part of the day. We recommend that people wear masks if they are going to an air-conditioned place, like a cooling center. As always, we encourage Philadelphian to check on elderly friends and neighbors to make sure they’re safe and don’t need assistance. If you’re worried about someone’s health during the emergency, you can call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Heatline at 215-765-9040."

The Heatline will be operational Monday from 12 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. That number is open for anyone with questions about precautions they should be taking and detecting signs of heat stress. Nurses will be available to speak with the public.

Residents without air conditioning are urged to visit with friends, family or neighbors who do have air conditioning.

Philadelphia will open cooling centers across the city, for those who can’t find relief in the heat.


Cooling Center locations and hours may change if the Heat Health Emergency is extended.

Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library 
125 South 52nd Street 
Open until 7 p.m. 

Joseph E. Coleman Regional Library 
68 West Chelten Avenue 
Open until 7 p.m. 

Blanche A. Nixon Cobbs Creek Library 
5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway 
Open until 8 p.m. 

Fox Chase Library 
501 Rhawn Street 
Open until 8 p.m.

Frankford Library 
4634 Frankford Avenue 
Open until 7 p.m. 

Fumo Family Library 
2437 South Broad Street 
Open until 7 p.m. 

Haddington Library (meeting room only)
446 North 65th Street 
Open until 7 p.m. 

Lillian Marrero Library (meeting room only) 
601 West Lehigh Avenue 
Open until 7 p.m.

Logan Library 
1333 Wagner Avenue 
Open until 7 p.m. 

Oak Lane Library 
6614 North 12th Street 
Open until 7 p.m.

Widener Library 
2808 West Lehigh Avenue 
Open until 7 p.m.

Cooling Buses

The City of Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA to station cooling buses with air conditioning that are available to the public at the following intersections:

  • Germantown Avenue and Allegheny Avenue, 19133
  • Wyoming Avenue and Rising Sun Avenue, 19120
  • Broad Street and Snyder Avenue, 19145
  • 70th Street and Woodland Avenue, 19142

Buses will be available to the public between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Masks, hand sanitizer, water, and information about heat safety and utility assistance programs will be available on the buses. Press will NOT be given access inside of cooling buses, to allow residents to cool off in a private space.

Pools and Spraygrounds

Residents are also encouraged to visit any of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s spraygrounds and pools, the listing found here.

Residents can find all of the identified Cooling Centers, as well as spraygrounds, on this map or by calling 311.

Older Adult Centers

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s older adult centers will be open. Older Adult Centers all have air conditioning and are open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Outreach and shelter for homeless individuals

The Office of Homeless Services also declared a Code Red that began Thursday, August 4, 2022 and will take proactive measures to protect Philadelphians who are experiencing homelessness. Call the outreach team at (215) 232-1984 if you see someone on the street who needs shelter or other homeless services. Call 911 if there is a medical emergency.

Utility Shutoffs

Due to the Heat Health Emergency, water shutoffs will continue to be suspended. When the declaration is lifted, PWD will resume shutoffs as previously scheduled.

Officials say they maintain the right to extend the emergency if conditions warrant. More information about heat health emergencies and what residents can do to stay safe can be found on the City’s Extreme Heat Guide.