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‘Mother Nature needs to calm down': Extreme heat reason for alert in Baltimore

Posted at 9:24 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-20 23:25:12-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City's Health Department has declared Code Red Extreme Heat Alert until further notice.

This comes as temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees through this weekend. 

“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, Baltimore City's Health Commissioner. 

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Throughout Baltimore, people are finding ways to beat the heat. 

“I should have brought my own bathing suit,” joked Tenji Nsingo-Alvarez, who took her two children to the Mount Vernon Park Splash Pad.  “It’s the place to be. We’re the only ones here." 

The same couldn’t be said for the Patterson Park Pool. 

“It’s very sunny out,” said little Silvija Bober. “It’s definitely worth going to the pool.” 

“It’s balmy out,” said Silvija’s mother, Liepa. “I said, ‘all I wanted to do was go in the pool after work.'” 

If the pool wasn’t your style, many people found reprieve in the shade. 

“We’ve got plenty of water,” said Nicole McFall. “I was in the shade until a bee harassed me and I had to move.” 

The Code Red alert primarily triggers the opening of the city cooling centers, but the Health Department is advising all Baltimore residents to watch for signs of heat-related illness.  

Health officials advise people to avoid the outdoors during the hottest hours of the day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and to drink plenty of water. 

The city lists the following as available cooling centers: 

All residents: 

  • ShopRite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave) will be open as a community cooling center during its regular hours on Thursday through Sunday. 
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library branches during their regular hours. 

For seniors: 

  • Harford Senior Center, 4920 Harford Rd. (410) 426-4009 
  • Hatton Senior Center, 2825 Fait Ave. (410) 396-9025 
  • Sandtown Winchester Senior Center, 1601 Baker St., (410) 396-7724 
  • Oliver Senior Center, 1700 N Gay St. (410) 396-3861 
  • Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging, 4501 Reisterstown Rd. (410) 396-3535 

For the homeless: 

  • My Sisters Place Women’s Center (women and children only) 17 W Franklin St., Thursday - Sunday, 10:30 am-5:30 pm, 
  • Manna House, 435 E. 25th St. Thursday and Friday 11:30 am-3:00 pm 
  • Beans & Bread, 402 S. Bond St Thursday and Friday 9:00 am-1:00pm 
  • Franciscan Center, 101 W. 23rd St. Thursday and Friday 10:00 am –1:00 pm 

For public housing residents: 

  • Brooklyn Homes, 4140 10th St. 
  • Cherry Hill Homes, 2700 Spelman Rd.