SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Union County is under a heat advisory for the remainder of this week.
The Scotch Plains Municipal Building will be open 24 hours a day, and the Scotch Plains Library will be open normal business hours throughout the week for anyone who might need relief from the heat. If you are experiencing a heat-related emergency, please call 911 or the Scotch Plains police desk at (908) 322-7100 and choose option 7.
The Chelsea on South Ave. in Fanwood, has also been designated as a cooling station. For non-emergency situations, call the Fanwood police at (908) 322-5000, and officers will make arrangements for transportation.
"When visiting a relief station, bring any medications and/or specialty items that you may need," advises Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo. "Residents and visitors are urged to limit exposure outside, particularly during the hottest part of the day - roughly 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Those who must be outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water."
High body temperatures and dehydration make other medical conditions, such as heart and breathing problems, much worse. It is very important to stay cool and hydrated when the heat index reaches these dangerous levels.
Both police departments urge residents to check on elderly neighbors.
Local forecast for Scotch Plains-Fanwood from the National Weather Service:
Today: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 72.
Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Weds. Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73.
Thursday: Chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation: 40%.
Thurs. Night: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation: 40%.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 90.