Baltimore is under an extreme heat alert through Thursday as temperatures are expected to feel in the 100's.
Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen declared the Code Red after reports of a heat index of 105 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday.
“As Baltimore continues to experience very high temperatures this week, all residents should take precautions to protect against hyperthermia and dehydration,” Dr. Wen said. “Heat is a silent killer and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. I urge everyone stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with your neighbors, especially seniors and medically frail individuals who live alone.”
A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is declared when the heat is severe enough to cause a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable residents. Heat-related illnesses and death can occur with just one day of heat exposure and Baltimore has seen multiple days of extreme heat this week. Heat stress on the body has a cumulative effect, especially for individuals with chronic medical conditions.
If you are looking for relief from the heat you can go to the following locations:
- ShopRite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave, 21207) during their regular hours on Wednesday and Thursday.
- The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will open Park Pools from 12 p.m. until dusk on Code Red Extreme Heat days.
The Mayor's Office of Human Services’ Community Action Partnership will open the following cooling centers on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
- Northern Community Action Partnership Center, 5225 York Road, (410) 396-6084
- Southern Community Action Partnership Center, 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor), (410) 545-0900
- Northwest Community Action Partnership Center, 3939 Reisterstown Road, (443) 984-1384
- Southeast Community Action Partnership Center, 3411 Bank Street, (410) 545-6518
- The Baltimore City Health Department’s Division of Aging and CARE Services will also open the following senior centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday:
- Waxter Center for Senior Citizens: 1000 Cathedral Street, (410) 396-1324
- Oliver Senior Center: 1700 Gay Street, (410) 396-3861
- Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center: 1601 N. Baker Street, (410) 396-7725
- Baltimore Hatton Senior Center: 2825 Fait Avenue, (410) 396-9025
- John Booth Senior Center: 2601 E. Baltimore St., (410) 396-9202
- Zeta Center For Healthy And Active Aging: 4501 Reisterstown Rd., (410) 396-3535
- City residents can also find relief from the heat at:
- Movie Theaters
- Homes of family or friends with air conditioning