PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Due to scorching temperatures all Philadelphia public schools, and all Archdiocesan high schools and Catholic elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will dismiss at noon on Friday, September 9th.
The announcements were made on Thursday citing the city’s high temperature forecast.
“Due to the high temperatures forecast for tomorrow, all @PHLschools will dismiss early at 12 noon, Friday, Sept. 9. #phled,” the tweet sent by @PHLschools reads.
In a statement, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Communications stated that the announcement follows a decision made by the School District of Philadelphia regarding their class schedule on Friday.
According to meteorologist Katie Fehlinger, Friday’s forecast will be a steamy mix of sun and clouds with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm. The high will be 93 degrees. The highest temperature on record was set in 1884 with temps reaching 94 degrees.
Philadelphia’s school district was not alone as temperatures were expected in the mid-90s, but felt more like 100 degrees.
Trenton’s public school district also dismissed early due to heat concerns.
The district says staff and students will be dismissed early every day this week due to expected high temperatures and humidity.
Elementary schools and the Stokes Early Childhood Center will dismiss at 1:00 p.m., and middle schools will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
All schools in Reading were closed Thursday.
A heat advisory is in effect for a swath of eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Allentown and Reading.
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