Feel the Burn: Philadelphia Swelters Before Convention Starts

Officials warn of dangerous heat conditions as Democrats gather

A woman protects herself from the sun during a protest in Philadelphia on Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman protects herself from the sun during a protest in Philadelphia on Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted July 25, 2016 at 9:23am

Heat is smothering Philadelphia as the Democratic National Convention gets underway.   

The city’s mayor, Jim Kenney, issued an excessive heat warning  over the weekend that lasts through Monday. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning  until 6 p.m. Monday for high humidity and temperatures in the the high 90s making it feel like up to 105 degrees.  

Temperatures are forecast to range in the mid-90s for the duration of the convention.  

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The city is setting up medical tents, tables of bottled water and placing sprinkler caps on fire hydrants so people can cool down.  

The mayor urged people to take the excessive heat seriously.   

“I also encourage everyone in the city this weekend and early next week to limit their time outdoors as much as possible or to seek out a cooling center, spray ground or public pool, if prolonged outdoor exposure is unavoidable,” Kenney said.   

Convention organizers were also thinking the same thing:

So Philadelphia, keep calm and stay cool:


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