High temperatures continue

In addition to the persistent outages, Harford residents are still experiencing a heat wave.

Harford County opened cooling centers last week and they will remain open through Saturday at local library branches, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, according to a news release.

The library system said residents who don't have power can visit to charge cell phones, use computers and ride out the heat wave, also noting that many staff members "have set up areas for games and other fun indoor activities to stay cool."


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As of Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Harford County until 8 p.m., with maximum temperatures to hit the 90s to 100 degrees and an expected heat index of around 105 degrees.

The temperature for Bel Air as of 4 p.m. was listed at 97 degrees on the National Weather Service website, with a high of 96 degrees forecast for Friday, 97 degrees on Saturday and 93 degrees on Sunday.

Additional data recorded for Harford by the NWS at the Phillips Army Airfield at Aberdeen Proving Ground show the high temperature Thursday did indeed reach 97 with the heat index soaring to 106.

At 9 a.m. Friday, the NWS website reported the temperature at Phillips had already reached 95 degrees, although the Weather Channel's http://www.weather.com website reported the Bel Air temperature was 86 degrees with an excessive heat watch in effect through Saturday.

None of the four heat-related deaths in Maryland that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reporting have been in Harford County, but county Emergency Operations Center Manager Rick Ayers confirmed Thursday there have been 13 heat-related medical calls in the past week.

As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service was calling for 85 degree weather on Monday, a break from the recent heat wave.

Kayla Bawroski also contributed to this report.

This updated article contains a correction from an earlier version. Harford library branches close at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.