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Code Red Extreme Heat Alert extended through July 22 for Baltimore area

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 18, 2019

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Health Commissioner has extended a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Monday, July 22.

The alert has been issued because the heat index is expected to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Baltimore region.

“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 Commissioner of Health Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous to 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 heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.

The Health Commissioner declares a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert during periods of heat that are severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable Baltimore citizens.