Tri-State Area Braces for Scorching Heatwave, Cooling Centers Open

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STATE COLLEGE- The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Tuesday across the Tri-State area, with the heat index potentially reaching 100 degrees. High temperatures are expected to remain above 90 degrees in the region through Sunday, while low temperatures are not anticipated to drop below 70 degrees at night.

The prolonged heatwave has prompted authorities to advise caution, particularly for vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, and individuals with medical conditions or pregnancies. The weather service recommends staying hydrated, avoiding outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., seeking air-conditioned spaces, and never leaving children or pets unattended in vehicles.

In response to the forecast, Franklin County’s senior activity centers in Chambersburg, Greencastle, and Tuscarora will extend their hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, to serve as cooling stations for older residents. The county’s five other senior centers will operate under normal hours, and officials will continue monitoring the situation to determine if additional extended hours are necessary.

Residents are advised to stay informed and take necessary precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses during this extreme weather event.

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