Statement on Extreme Heat & Expected Pool Closures

Mayor Kenney released a statement urging residents to take precautions during the extreme heat expected to occur over the next several days. An excessive heat warning is currently in effect and is expected to last until 9PM on Sunday, August 14. Excessive heat causes dangerous health conditions due to prolonged hot temperatures coupled with high humidity. There is little relief at night due to higher than normal overnight temperatures.“It is important to take extreme heat seriously. I urge residents to drink water frequently, check on their neighbors and keep their windows open if they do not have A/C. I also encourage everyone in the city this weekend to limit their time outdoors as much as possible or to seek out a public pool, cooling center or spray ground if prolonged outdoor exposure is unavoidable.”

The City also announced that the staggered closure of City pools which was scheduled to begin this weekend will be delayed. The Department of Parks and Recreation originally planned to close 21 pools to end the summer swim season, but now will be closing only eight this weekend due to the extreme weather status.

The pools that will close are due to lack of lifeguard staffing. All city pools will remain open with the exception of the following:
Northern Liberties – 321 Fairmount Avenue, 19123
Lederer – 1202 E Montgomery Avenue, 19125
Cruz – 1400 N 5th Street, 19122
Penrose – 1101 W Susquehanna Ave, 19122 (*This location currently has mechanical issues and will close on 8/12.)
Schmidt – 113 W Ontario Street, 19140
Scanlon – 1099 E Tioga Street, 19134
Morris Estate – 1610 E Chelten Avenue, 19126
39th and Olive – 39th and Olive Streets, 19104

For the weekend and heat emergency, all pools are opened today from 11am – 7pm today and on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm.  The Mayor encourages all residents and visitors to find cooling centers and spay ground locations HERE.

If you see people who are homeless and suffering from the heat, call our outreach team at (215) 232-1984. Seniors in distress or residents concerned about a senior, should call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)’s HeatLine (215) 765-9040. Additional information and tips for staying cool are available HERE.

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