Heat-wave hits Pittsburgh day before summer officially arrives

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PITTSBURGH - Summer doesn't officially arrive until Wednesday evening, but it's a full-tilt summer heat wave the next few days.

With temperatures expected to hit 90 degrees this week,  several cooling centers have opened to senior citizens.

The Homewood cooling center will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center is at 7321 Frankstown Ave. and can be reached by calling 412-244-4190.

Carnegie Borough has also opened up its municipal building to residents. The cooling center on Veterans Way will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week.

The city extends hours at the center when “real feel” temperatures, which are determined by a combination of temperature and humidity, reach 90 degrees or higher, as reported by the National Weather Service.

 High temperatures Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will reach into the lower 90s with heat index values in the mid 90s during the heat of the afternoon. 

If you have to be outdoors for any length of time the next few days make sure to drink plenty of water and wear light-colored, light-weight clothing.  Overnight lows will only be dropping to near 70 degrees each night.  Don't forget to check on the elderly and give the pets as much water as possible.

 The air will cool off and dry out a little bit this weekend with lower humidity and highs in the 80s.