SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Township officials are reminding residents to keep cool and stay safe during the heat wave this weekend.

They issued a heat wave advisory on the South Orange Village website, https://www.southorange.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1698.

The advisory says:

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The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning for excessive heat through Sunday, July 21.

High temperatures and humidity will lead to heat index values over 100°.

Cooling Centers

Essex County has also opened Codey Arena at 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange as a cooling center through Sunday, July 21. The cooling station will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Contact the Essex County Department of Parks & Recreation, 973-731-3828 for more information.

Managing in the Heat

Township officials offer the following tips for staying cool this summer, especially this weekend during the heat wave.

  • Stay inside in air conditioning. A fan will not keep you cool when outside temperatures are 95° or higher. 
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Go somewhere there is air conditioning if you don't have it at home. Options include the Library, South Orange's many restaurants and shopping, local malls, SOPAC movie theater, or a friend or family member's home.
  • Avoid staying in a hot car or leaving pets or children in one, even for a few minutes, and even if the windows are rolled down. An American Academy of Pediatrics study stated that "in terms of heat-rise over time, it makes very little difference whether a car's windows are closed or partially open. In both cases, a car's interior temperature can rise approximately 40° within one hour, even when the exterior temperature is only 72°." 
  • Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water or other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. Also, remember to keep pets well hydrated. 
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing. If you are going outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and use plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Avoid being outdoors during the hottest part of the day, which is between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Keep windows in your home covered with blinds or shades, and close any curtains to keep the sun's heat out.
  • Avoid using your oven or stovetop to prepare food on very hot days. 

Check on family members, friends, neighbors, seniors, children, pets, and those who may be more susceptible to the effects of heat.