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Cooling centers open in Baltimore County ahead of extreme heat

Posted at 1:51 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 15:06:09-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — With high temperatures expected to roll across the Baltimore County region, county officials announced the opening of cooling centers for residents in the area.

Starting early next week temperatures are projected to reach above 90 degrees with a heat index of 100 and higher. So with that in mind, there are many places in Baltimore County to go to stay cool and safe from the intense temperatures.

  1. The Baltimore County Public Library's 19 branches are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website or call 410-887-6100 to get more information on the library branch nearest you.

2. Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to everyone, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Visit the Department of Aging website for information on the 20 Senior Centers throughout the County or call the Senior Center Information and Assistance Line at 410-887-2594.

These public cooling centers will provide water and restrooms and offer an oasis during these hot days.

“From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where our residents can get relief from the heat, and everyone without air conditioning is urged to use them,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services.

Health officials are urging residents to keep themselves and others healthy and safe in the summer heat.