Howard County's health officer has issued an extreme heat advisory for the county until 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Health Officer Maura Rossman warned of high temperatures and humidity levels that could make the early July day feel as though it's 105 degrees or hotter outside.
Howard County provides hot-weather shelter to anyone in need at its senior centers and libraries.
Rossman offered the following tips for keeping cool:
- Never leave children or pets unattended in a parked car or other hot environment
- Increase your fluid intake and drink non-alcoholic and caffeine-free liquids
- Wear light-colored and light-weight clothing and hats
- If possible, stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Check on elderly friends, family and neighbors who live alone
- Be aware of the warning signs of heat-related illness, such as light-headedness, mild nausea or confusion, sleepiness or profuse sweating
For more information on dealing with the sweltering heat, go to www.hchealth.org.