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Health experts warn about heat risks as temperature nears 100 degrees

Heat Wave
Posted at 9:46 PM, Aug 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-04 03:51:34-04

BALTIMORE — Temperatures will be heating up a little more on Thursday.

Health experts are warning residents about heat stroke.

They encourage people to stay hydrated and understand the signs of heat exhaustion.

Signs of heat stroke include: throbbing headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and rapid heartbeat,.

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"Heat exhaustion and heatstroke could cause permanent damage," said Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, MHS, Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Do your best to try to avoid being outside and if you can't avoid being outside, do your best to stay hydrated, places that are shaded like with trees or, you know, overtop roofs and so forth. The temperature under there can be almost a 20 degree swing compared to exposed asphalt and so forth."

According to WMAR-2 News weather team, on Thursday, temperatures will hit a sizzling 97 degrees, but it will feel like106 degrees.

Some people are planning to beat the heat by going to the pool, of course, eating ice cream, and trying out indoor ice skating.

"Being a pregnant woman is not easy, and they eat so definitely trying to maintain like shade and, you know, just trying to find fun activities to keep the kids," said Lameeka Sharp, a Baltimore Resident.

Baltimore City health department issued a Code Red and encourages people to take advantage of cooling centers.

Nonprofits are already seeing a demand.

Divine Light said they are not only offering housing assistance, but they are also offering up their facility to be used as a cooling center for the first time ever starting Thursday.

"1200 West Baltimore Street is Divine Life Health and Wellness Center, we will open our doors at 7am, and our doors closed at 7pm," said Ericka Alston Buck, Chief Development Officer of Divine Light. "We want to make certain that people know that they can come inside, grab some water, stay hydrated cool off, hang out for as long as you need to, because we don't want any deaths or illnesses as a result of the heat."

Click here for a full list of cooling centers in Baltimore.

Health experts also say it's very important to keep an eye on children and older adults during heat waves because they have a higher risk of overheating.

There are cooling centers open around the area to help you cool off:

Anne Arundel: During the summer, several County facilities are open during prolonged periods of heat and humidity. Click here for a list of those locations.

Baltimore County: Public libraries and senior centers are open throughout the summer if you're looking for somewhere to cool off. You can find more information here.

Carroll: Some county senior centers act as cooling centers during extreme heat.

  • Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy (8 AM – 4 PM)
  • North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead (8 AM – 4 PM)
  • South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg (8 AM – 4 PM)
  • Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown (8 AM – 4 PM)

Cecil: For information on cooling centers, call 410-996-5550.

Harford: The Harford County Health Department has information on their website on how to stay safe in dangerous heat conditions.

Howard: The Howard County Health Department suggests several places to cool off from the heat.