Summer started with a bang in Harford County, with heat indexes expected to rise to 105 degrees Wednesday through Thursday.
People nevertheless braved the heat and humidity to get errands done, or even just take a walk down the street.
On Main Street in Bel Air, plenty of workers and visitors were out and about in the midday sun Thursday.
Mark Meehan said he was only outside for a moment because he had walked to 7-Eleven to buy a soda.
"I run marathons, but when I went running yesterday I could barely breathe," he said. "I went running this morning instead and it was okay. But I'm not leaving the office today. It's hot."
"Man in the heat," Bill Johnson quipped when told by a reporter that The Aegis was soliciting "man in the street" opinions.
Johnson, who was in Bel Air for court, observed that the heat has been steadily increasing, much to his dismay.
"So last week it's 60 degrees, and I'm walking to work, no problem," Johnson said. "Then I find myself a week later, 40 degrees hotter, finding myself hot and tired. The walk home is excruciating. And I work in a meat shop, so I'm stepping out of 50 degrees into 100 degrees."
"It's like a punch from [Mike] Tyson," he said.
Not everyone was distressed by the high temperatures.
Carol Mallon, a Mary Kay representative, said the summer season is right up her alley.
"I love the heat; I don't like the snow," Mallon said, though admitting: "But, I've been air-conditioning this out."
Anne Marie Azzaro had advice for her fellow residents.
"Just drink lots of fluid," she said. "We're trying to do indoor activities. I'm not looking forward to the rest of the summer."
Denise and Sarah Emmons were also trying to avoid the weather.
"We've been staying in," Denise Emmons said, explaining they "only came out here because I have to pick up license plates and we thought we'd look around the shops."
"We know it's going to be over by the end of the week so we can take a couple of days," she pointed out.
Local government officials hoped to prevent a rise in heat-related illnesses or even deaths.