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Code Red Extreme Heat Alert issued for Baltimore

Posted at 3:25 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 15:25:27-04

BALTIMORE — With a heat index expected to reach 105 degrees in the Baltimore region, a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert has been issued for Thursday.

“Excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States. The effects of extreme heat are exacerbated in urban areas, especially when combined with high humidity and poor air quality,” said Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous for young children, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions. I encourage all residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves as well as their families, neighbors, and pets.”

The Health Department’s Division of Aging will open the following locations as cooling centers on Thursday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Waxter Center for Senior Citizens 1000 Cathedral Street (410) 396-1324
  • Oliver Center Senior Center 1700 Gay Street (410) 396-3861
  • Hatton Senior Center 2825 Fait Avenue (410) 396-9025
  • John Booth Senior Center 2601-A East Baltimore Street (410) 396-9202
  • Harford Senior Center 4920 Harford Road (410) 426-4009
  • Sandtown Winchester Senior Center 1601 Baker Street (410) 396-7725
  • Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging 4501 Reisterstown Road (410) 396-3535

The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will also open the following locations as cooling centers on Thursday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Mary E. Rodman Recreation Center- 3600 Mulberry Street 410-396-0477
  • Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center- 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue 410-396-8490
  • James D. Gross Recreation Center- 4600 Lanair Avenue 410-396-0755

Additionally, ShopRite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave., 21207) will be open as a community cooling center during their regular hours.

City residents who want cooling center information on Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days can call 311.

Individuals having a heat-related medical emergency, or who are experiencing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke should call 911.