The Baltimore City Health Department declared a Code Red Heat Advisory for Thursday, with temperatures expected to soar into the upper 90s.
With the heat index of up to 105 degrees expected Thursday, cooling centers will be open across the city for residents to escape the dangerous temperatures.
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The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to individuals outside.
“Heat is a silent killer and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those in our city who are the most vulnerable," Dr. Wen said. "With tomorrow's extreme heat expected, it is important for all residents to protect against hyperthermia and dehydration. Please be cautious and remember to stay cool and hydrated."
The Mayor's Office of Human Services' Community Action Partnership will open the following cooling centers 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, 60 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor), (410) 545-0900
- Northwest Community Action Partnership Center, 3939 Reisterstown Road, (443) 984-1384
- Southeastern Community Action Partnership Center, 3411 Bank Street, (410) 545-6510
- Eastern Community Action Partnership Center, 1400 E. Federal Street, (410) 545-0136
The Health Department's Division of Aging and CARE Services will also open the following senior centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday:
- Waxter Center for Senior Citizens: 1000 Cathedral Street, (410) 396-1324
- Oliver Center: 1700 Gay Street, (410) 396-3861
- Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center: 1601 N. Baker Street, (410) 396-7724
- Hatton Center: 2825 Fait Avenue, (410) 396-9025
- John Booth: 2601 E. Baltimore St., (410) 396-9202
- Zeta Center: 4501 Reisterstown Rd., (410) 396-3535
Additionally, Shoprite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave, 21207) will be open as a community cooling center during their regular hours and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will extend pool hours.
City residents who want information on the closest cooling center or who are concerned about a neighbor can call 311.
Any city resident experiencing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke should call 911.
Anne Arundel County is also opening several cooling centers. The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is designated the following Senior Centers as cooling centers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday:
- Annapolis Senior Center: 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis
- Arnold Senior Center: 44 Church Rd, Arnold
- Brooklyn Park Senior Center: 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park
- O'Malley Senior Center: 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton
- Pasadena Senior Center: 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena
- Pascal Senior Center: 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie
- South County Senior Center: 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
The community rooms at the following Anne Arundel County police stations will be open as cooling centers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday:
- Northern District: 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
- Eastern District: 204 Pasadena Rd, Pasadena
- Western District: 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
- Southern District: 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
The following branches of the Anne Arundel County Public library will be open as cooling centers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday:
- Annapolis Regional Library: 1410 West Street, Annapolis
- Broadneck Community Library: 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis
- Brooklyn Park Community Library: 1 East 11th Avenue, Baltimore
- Deale Community Library: 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale
- Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library: 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
- Edgewater Community Library: 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
- Glen Burnie Regional Library: 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie
- Linthicum Community Library: 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum
- Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel
- Mountain Road Community Library: 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena
- Odenton Regional Library: 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton
- Riviera Beach Community Library: 1130 Duvall Highway, Pasadena
- Severn Community Library: 2624 Annapolis Road, Severn
- Severna Park Community Library: 45 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park
Anyone who needs a ride to a cooling center can call the Office of Transportation Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 410-222-0022. Pets are not allowed in any cooling centers.
The sky looks like it's on fire and today it will feel that hot. Be safe, drink lots of water and stay away from alcohol &caffeine. pic.twitter.com/5l1gusi5Bi
— Cassie Carlisle (@CassieABC2) July 13, 2017