Residents expecting to spend time outdoors over the weekend are asked to take proper safety precautions as a heat wave moves through the region.
Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College, said temperatures are expected to reach 95 degrees in Bedford County today, Saturday and Sunday.
“We’re definitely in store for a heat wave through the weekend,” she said. “This is one where everyone should use caution if they have to be outside.”
Pydynowski said the the afternoon temperatures each day are expected to be about 10 degrees above normal, and said the humidity will make it feel even hotter.
“The AccuWeather ReelFeel will be at 105 degrees each afternoon,” she said, referencing a heat index measurement that uses temperature, humidity, cloud cover, sun intensity, and wind to explain how hot it feels outside.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.
“That’s actually the first ever issued in Bedford,” Pydynowski said.
A heat advisory will be in effect from noon today until noon Saturday.
Sunset won’t offer much relief, as temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-70s overnight.
Pydynowski said the weather could be “oppressive” for residents without air conditioning in their homes.
She cautioned residents to take proper heat precautions, adding hot weather is the number one cause of weather-related deaths.
“People think of things like tornadoes, but when you look at long-term averages, it’s heat,” she said.
Jim Meden, a paramedic with the Bedford Area Ambulance, recommended residents avoid yard work and opt to stay indoors over the weekend, especially during peak sunlight hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“We don’t recommend going out in these types of temperatures,” he said. “Take a day off. Sit inside, order takeout — don’t be cooking over the stove all day.”
Caleb Zimmerman, an emergency medical technician with the ambulance service, said hydration is key to beating the heat.
“That’s the big thing — hydrate. And don’t wait until you are thirsty to get a drink,” he said. “You need to hydrate consistently throughout the day.”
Zimmerman said drinking a bottle of water first thing in the morning will go a long way toward fighting dehydration.
Meden also said it’s best to avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
“There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day, but alcohol is definitely a big contributor to dehydration,” he said.
For those who need to be outside during the day, Zimmerman said to take frequent breaks and to stay out of direct sunlight.
“Limit sun exposure and be sure to take breaks in the shade,” he said.
Beyond dehydration, Meden said heat exhaustion is a common heat-related illness. Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache or lightheadedness, heavy sweating, muscle cramps and clammy skin are some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion.
Untreated heat exhaustion can develop into heat stroke, which can be a life-threatening medical condition. Heat stroke occurs when a person’s body temperature rises to a level that can cause brain damage or damage to other internal organs.
Zimmerman said the very young and older residents are the most at-risk for heat-related illnesses.
Connie Brode, executive director of the Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging, said seniors should stay indoors during days of high heat.
“We also ask for family members or neighbors to check on elderly relatives to make sure they are doing well,” Brode said.
Brode said all of the senior centers in the county are air conditioned and open on weekdays. She said the centers also can be opened on weekends if there is an emergency.
To help combat hot summer temperatures, the Bedford County Democratic Committee is organizing a box fan giveaway later this month to older adults, medically challenged and homebound individuals.
“We wanted to try to help some of the most susceptible citizens,” said Valerie Pawuk, chairwoman of the committee.
The committee will give away 55 box fans on a first-come, first-served basis at the senior centers in Everett on July 30, Hopewell on July 31, and Hyndman on Aug. 1. Each giveaway will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Fans are limited to one per household.
While the scheduled giveaway won’t line up with this weekend’s heat wave, Pawuk said the box fans will be useful to residents going forward.
“A fan in a room can reduce the temperature up to 10 degrees,” she said.
Paws credited Bedford True Value for its support in the initiative, saying the local store worked out a deal with its corporate company to sell the bulk of 170 fans below the retail price.
Anyone requesting information on the fan giveaway or who needs help getting a fan may call 623-5400.
More information on heat-related illness prevention and other medical safety tips are available on the Bedford Area Ambulance Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bedfordems11.
Altoona area band The Pub Crawlers rocked the block Thursday Night at Downtown Bedford Inc.’s (DBI) Rock the Block. Attendees were able to enjoy food, music and visit with friends.
Bone Jacked Band of Altoona hit the stage at the Glenn at Tenley park Thursday for the second Party in the Park. the next concert in the three part series will be Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. with the Eagles tribute band Desperado.
Shoot for Life happens this weekend.
The annual trapshoot to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held July 20 at the Everett Sportsmen Club. Registration for the 50 bird (clay pigeon) shoot will be held at various stations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food will be available and a Chinese auction will held. For more information, call 814-285-1681.
Pennsylvania Consort 2019 Summer Music on the Square series continues Sunday.
The series includes performances by Coltt Lepley on July 21 and Mercersburg Community Band on July 28. Admission to the 2 p.m. concerts is free; donations will be accepted. The concerts are staged on the Public Square, Bedford. Bring a chair. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to the Presbyterian church. To receive the consort’s electronic newsletter, text “PAConsort” to 22828.
Wells Tannery’s 72nd Homecoming and 10th Car and Truck show will be held July 27.
The annual parade will start at 11 a.m. and will end at the community park, where food will be available. The traditional hot roast beef sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts, including ice cream will be on the menu. Children’s activities and free face painting will be available during the afternoon. Car show registration will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m., with the presentations of 23 trophies for the two divisions: vintage (1969 and older), classic (1970 and newer) to be at 4 p.m. All cars and trucks are welcome to participate in the parade, but are not required to do so. Music will be provided by the band Second Edition from 12:30 to 4 p.m. There will be a special appearance by Wells Tannery native, singer and songwriter Zac Grace, who will perform his debut single, “This Is The Day,” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Colon health will be the topic of the Alive and Well Session presented by Dr. Robert Bailey, July 30.
A gastroenterologist at Blair Gastroenterology Associates, Bailey will lead the discussion starting at 6 p.m. at Homewood at Spring House Estates dining room, 150 Victoria Ave., Everett. He will discuss colon cancer prevention and how to help lower risks. He will highlight the importance of colonoscopy screenings. Participants must register by calling Sandy at 623-3773.
Motorists in Bedford may be impacted by street paving starting Monday and continuing through the week.
The borough said Thursday several streets will be closed during daylight hours as determined by the paving contractor to facilitate completion of the work.
The streets to be paved include:
—John Street from Richard to Anderson streets;
—East Street from Pitt to John streets;
—Wood Street from Penn to John streets;
—Bedford Street from Pitt to John streets;
—Central Way from Richard to Bedford streets;
—N. Thomas Street from Pitt to Fort Museum;
—Fort Museum parking lot area;
—Intersection of John and West streets (at Mount Pisgah AME Zion Church).
Parking will be prohibited on the above roadways during the paving.
Each of the roads will be closed to all traffic during the milling/paving processes and until the blacktop has cooled sufficiently.
Anyone using driveways connected to these streets should parking in locations outside the work areas, the borough said.
Paving is expected to be completed by Aug. 9.
The borough cautioned drivers to be alert for equipment, workers and altered traffic patterns.