Residents beat the heat in Towson

All across Towson on Tuesday, residents and the area's workforce were searching for respites from the near-triple digit heat. One, Baltimore County employee Latasha McFadden, seemed to have her routine down pat.

"It's only Tuesday—so I think I've only been here three times this week," McFadden said as she sat outside the Sensational Snowball stand on Loch Raven Boulevard, scooping off bites of her ice-cream flavored snowball in the afternoon sun.

According to the Weather Channel, highs in Towson reached the mid-90s Tuesday, just one day in a hot, humid stretch that won't likely end until the weekend.

Like McFadden, Barry Bankins and Shenelle Brown stepped out of the air-conditioned comfort of the house Tuesday afternoon to get a pair of snowballs.

"We were going to go to Rita's, but I said I wanted a snowball, so we ended up here," Brown, 26, said. "We're not trying to stay standing out here too long. It's extremely hot out."

At the community pool in Wiltondale, employee Rachael McDonald had snowballs on her mind as she checked in the residents who sought refuge in the water.

"I had a dream about one last night," she said.

Some, like Nora Worthington and her 9-year-old daughter, Caroline Christensen, sought refuge at the community pool in Wiltondale. It wasn't too hot out for Worthington and her daughter — if it were, they would have stayed home in the air conditioning — but a trip to the pool was the perfect solution to Tuesday's heat.

Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Worthington and Caroline were enjoying lunch in the shade, and across the pool deck, a group of mothers coordinated lunch with their young sons.

"I don't normally get in the pool, but on a day like today I am," said Rodgers Forge resident Susan Mealey, who brought her son's Brett, 9, and Justin, 6, to the pool.

With no end to the heat wave inside, Baltimore County Deputy Health Officer Della Leister posted a set of tips to stay cool on the "Baltimore County Now" blog.

Leister suggested that those without air-conditioning visit the county's libraries or senior centers to stay cool, or have an outing to the area's malls or museums to enjoy their air-conditioning.

Leister also gave a set of tips for all residents, including: don't leave pets and children in the car unattended; check on elderly or ill family members and neighbors; drink non-alcoholic fluids, limit time outdoors, and take cool showers and baths.

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