Maryland health authorities have identified three more deaths in which heat was found to be a contributing factor.
An elderly woman in Baltimore, and two middle-aged men in Somerset and Prince George's counties, became the latest of nine Marylanders whose deaths have been attributed, in part, to high temperatures. Underlying illnesses also were a factor.
All three died last week, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Two of the three died during Heat Advisories, in which Heat Index readings reached 105 degrees or more.
In addition, 478 people complaining of heat-related illnesses were taken to Maryland emergency rooms from Tuesday to Saturday last week. The ER traffic peaked at 115 people seen on Friday. Temperatures reached 106 at the airport Friday, and 108 degrees in downtown Baltimore. Both were the highest readings on record for each location.