There’s no denying that it gets hot in Philadelphia during the summertime.
Urban areas, like Philadelphia, are hotter in the spring and summer when temperatures rise. This can be attributed to something dubbed the “urban heat island effect”.
Meanwhile, the city confirmed that a heat-related death had occurred last Wednesday, only the third of a summer that has been among the warmer ones on record.
“Drug intoxication” also was a factor in the death, said Health Department spokesman James Garrow.
By Joseph Gambardello
So far the city has reported just one heat-related death, James Garrow, spokesperson for the Health Department, affirmed Monday.
By Anthony Wood
In the last 10 years, there have been 104 heat-related deaths in Philadelphia, according to the Department of Public Health, the most recent one occurring this month. But according to James Garrow, a spokesman for the Health Department, “deaths that are considered heat-related are the product of … investigation and pathologist examination and are not simply yes-or-no heat-related definition,” so that definition varies.
By Catalina Jaramillo
On Thursday — the sixth consecutive day of 90-plus temperatures locally — Philadelphia reported its first heat-related death since 2016.
The victim was not identified, nor was it disclosed when the person died. Health Department spokesman James Garrow said heat was “a significant contributing factor” to the death, which occurred during the heat wave that began Saturday and peaked Tuesday.
By Tony Wood
A declaration of a Heat Health Emergency by the Health Commissioner activates the City’s emergency heat programs, including the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Heatline, extended hours at select Free Library locations that have been designated as Cooling Centers, home visits by special field teams, enhanced daytime outreach for the homeless, and the City’s annual reminder to the public to look in on older friends, relatives, and neighbors.