Monday's heat was so bad in Harford County, Bel Air resident Clarence Veney said it felt "like my skin's about to burn off."
Veney, 28, headed for the Bel Air branch of the Harford County Public Library, which, along with other library branches throughout the county, served as cooling centers.
"It's just so hot, I felt like passing out," Veney said as he sat in the adult section, starting his third book of the day.
He wore long pants and a long-sleeved shirt to ward off the chill of the air-conditioning.
"I feel calm and cool [now]," Veney said.
He works for a local landscaping company, but he had a day off Monday. He said his...