The heat is on and Severe Weather Team meteorologists are tracking record-breaking temperatures for Friday.
Meteorologist Scott Harbaugh said the high for Friday is forecast to 99 degrees, which would break the record of 98 degrees set in 1988.
So far Pittsburgh has hit 90 degrees or warmer 12 days this year, with Thursday marking the fifth 90 degree day in a row.
A heat advisory remains in effect for the area with heat index readings (what it actually "feels" like with the humidity) expected to reach 100 to 104.
People should stay out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids and take other steps to avoid heat-related illnesses, according to the National Weather Service, which also recommends limiting strenuous outdoor activities to early morning or evening.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Pirates officials said the team will take extra precautions over the weekend with the hot weather.
Ushers won’t just be helping fans find their seats, but they’ll also be watching for fans that could be overcome by the heat. Extra medical teams will be on standby in case a lot of fans are overcome by the heat.
Pirates’ pitcher Brad Lincoln said even the players are affected by the heat,
“Yesterday I kind of had a woozy thing after my one inning just because of the heat,” Lincoln said. “That’s what you do, you keep the fluids in you and the electrolytes to stay energized.”
The temperature at the start of Friday night’s game, which begins at 7:05 p.m., will be 96 degrees and will feel like 98. On Friday, the gametime temperature is expected to be 95 degrees and a heat index of 97.
Chief meteorologist Steven Cropper said it could feel even hotter if your seated in the sun.
Pirates officials also are reminding fans that they’re allowed to bring unopened plastic water bottles to the game.
Channel 11’s Shelby Zarotney reported Thursday that doctors at UPMC have treated some cases of heat exhaustion, mostly of people who were working outside.
Area hospitals said they’re prepared for the dangerous heat expected to continue this weekend.