State health officials reported Wednesday the summer's first heat-related deaths in Maryland, a woman in Harford County and a man in Baltimore County.
Both were older than 65 and had underlying health conditions that made them more vulnerable to the heat. Both died between June 17 and June 23, health officials said.
The week included two days in which the heat index neared 100 degrees, leading to dozens of reports of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But there have yet to be any heat advisories, when heat index values top 105 degrees, issued this year.
Last year, health officials confirmed 17 heat-related deaths in the state from May through September, down from 46 in 2012, 34 in 2011 and 32 in 2010.
When temperatures rise into the 90s and above, health officials encourage residents to take precautions including staying out of the sun, drinking plenty of water, limiting outdoor physical activity and wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.