It's hot out there.
With high temperatures and humidity expected to push the heat index above 100 degrees, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Baltimore County.
In addition, the Clean Air Partners, a nonprofit partnership chartered by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, has issued a "yellow" or moderate air quality alert, according to county Fire Director Jen Aubert-Utz.
The county doesn't issue its own heat advisories or alerts, but follows the lead of the National Weather Service, Aubert-Utz said Tuesday.
The county has 19 library branches, as well as 19 senior centers, where people can go to get cool. Children, seniors and people with breathing problems are especially susceptible, and children should not be left unattended in cars, Aubert-Utz said.
It was unclear whether the county Office of Emergency Management had officially activated them as so-called "cooling centers" on Tuesday, but the county's website says that libraries, community centers and senior centers are available from May through September as places to cool off and use bathrooms and water fountains when it's hot.
Aubert-Utz is advising the public to "play it safe," by taking appropriate precautions, including drinking plenty of water or fruit juices to stay hydrated, minimizing outdoor activity and wearing hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and white clothing to reflect the sun when you do go outside.
"Don't wait until you're hot and tired before you come in," she said.
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