The National Weather Service is warning of hazardous weather conditions in Laurel Thursday, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Temperatures Friday are expected to reach 93 degrees, with thunderstorms possible.
Laurel city's two pools will open an hour early today, at 11 a.m., to help beat the heat. The Laurel Municipal Pool is located at 901 Main St., and the Greenview Drive Pool is located at 14403 Greenview Drive, in Patuxent Greens. Normal pool hours are noon to 8 p.m. daily.
In addition, the Laurel Armory Anderson-Murphy Community Center at Fifth and Montgomery streets will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday as a cooling center where residents can come indoors for heat relief.
For more information, contact the Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation at 391-725-7800.
Seniors should head to cooling centers
Prince George's County has opened several facilities as cooling centers. In Laurel, Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center, 13820 and 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Other cooling centers are located in Chillum, Temple Hills and Capitol Heights.
Two cooling centers have been set up specifically for Prince George's County senior citizens: New Carrolton Nutrition Center, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy., Lanham is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and· Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In a released statement, Prince George's County Acting Health Officer Pamela Creekmur recommended that senior citizens who do not have air conditioning in their homes should take advantage of these cooling centers. For more information or assistance, senior citizens in Prince George's County can contact the Department of Family Services Administration on Aging at 301-265-8450.
The county released the following extreme heat protective measures that are in effect Thursday:
• Take precautionary measures and limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Stay indoors as much as possible.
• Watch for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
• Do not leave children or pets in vehicles.
• Drink plenty of water. Do not drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
• Regularly check on infants, children and adults age 65 or older.
This story has been updated.