Heat Wave Hits Delmarva

Jun 21, 2012

A heat wave has hit the Delmarva Peninsula with temperatures expected to be in the upper 90’s.

Yesterday the Sussex County airport near Georgetown saw a record breaking 98 degrees.

Today’s forecasts are higher with New Castle County expected to see 99 degrees.

The Christina School District says that all school facilities hosting summer programs and camps will be closed today.

Recommendations from health officials on Delmarva range from drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun to checking on elderly neighbors.

Dr. Robert Rosenbaum, chair of the emergency management committee at Christiana Care health System told The Wilmington News Journal that parents should also pay special attention to the very young because children may not recognize the signs of dehydration. 

Power companies are also urging customers to conserve energy with power demand expected to rise.

Meanwhile, SPCA and Triple-A officials urged drivers not to leave small children or pets alone in their cars. 

The Delaware Emergency Management officials say that the heat wave should recede early Friday morning.