To help folks stay cool as the heat advisory continues through this evening, with a heat index soaring to 105 thanks to a mixture of mid-90s temperatures and lower-70s dewpoints, the city is opening the Laurel Municipal and Greenview Drive pools at 11 a.m. through Friday.
The Laurel Municipal Pool is located at Ninth and Main streets, and the Greenview Drive Pool is located at 14403 Greenview Drive, in Patuxent Greens. Both pools will close at their usual time, 8 p.m.
Earlier this week, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission opened its recreation facilities in Prince George's County as cooling centers, including two in Laurel: Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel Bowie Road (301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512); and Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road (301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402).
Cooling centers are open weekdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call the center for weekend hours, or go to pgparks.com.
Other designated cooling centers at M-NCPPC facilities near Laurel are located in Beltsville, College Park and Bowie.
In addition to a dip in the pool, Laurel officials released this list of tips for staying cool and safe during the heat:
• Slow down – Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities to the coolest time of the day.
• Dress for summer – Lightweight, light-colored clothing should reflects heat and sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperatures.
• Eat properly – Foods such as proteins increase metabolic heat production and can increase water loss.
• Drink fluids – Your body needs lots of water to keep cool, so drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Those who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; who are on restrictive diets ;or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their fluid intake.
• Stay indoors – Spending more time indoors in air-conditioned places will reduce the danger form the heat and also decrease the chances of sunburn, which makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.
This story has been updated.