Near-record temperatures send families looking for ways to stay cool

Families flock to Westminster Municipal Pool as temperatures rise Monday.

Van Halen’s “Jump” blasted over the speakers at Westminster Municipal Pool as lifeguards blew their whistle, signaling the end of adult swim.

Children rushed the pool, launching themselves into the cool water as the smell of chlorine hung in the air on the first Monday after schools let out.


Meggan Bobrow, of Westminster, sat beside the pool all afternoon as temperatures skyrocketed around the region.

“It’s so hot,” she said. “There’s nothing else to do besides sit in the air condition.”

Bobrow said it was the second time she’s been at the pool this year with her kids. It’s always a great time, she said, because her children get some time to play with their friends, and she gets some time to visit with her friends, too.

Monday was the perfect day for the pool, she said, because of the warm weather. Bobrow said she’s happy it’s finally warm and the rain has stopped.

“I’ll take some sun,” she said, but added that she’d like to see a little balance between rain and scorching temperatures.

Following weeks of rain, Carroll County saw near-record temperatures Monday afternoon.

The main concern was the heat, Kyle Pallozzi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Monday morning. The NWS issued a heat advisory for much or the urban corridor, he said, and while Carroll wasn’t included on that list, it was still very hot in the county.

The heat index was expected to be a little over 100 degrees in the afternoon, Pallozzi said, maxing out around 4 p.m.

“I definitely would think today would be the hottest day,” he said, referring to the week ahead.

A cold front is expected to move in Tuesday that will likely drop temperatures into the mid-to-high 80s, he said. This cold front could also bring some storms with it, Pallozzi said, which could continue into Wednesday as well.

Thursday and Friday are expected to be dry, he added.

“It’s definitely above average,” Pallozzi said. The historical average for the region is a high of 86 on June 18, according to

Pallozzi didn’t expect the record high of 97 degrees for June 18 to be broken, predicting the high to reach 94 in Carroll on Monday.

Pallozzi urged people to stay inside and in air conditioning as much as they could Monday.


For those looking to be outside Monday, the Westminster Municipal Pool provided a great way to stay cool.

The pool was packed, with lots of people in the water and many beside it sunbathing. The entire parking lot was full and cars lined the side of Stacey Lee Drive.

Sarah Prochniak, one of the assistant managers at the pool, said as of about 1:45 p.m., they had more than 100 people in the pool.

“It’s one of the busiest days for sure,” she said.

Aleshia Warfield, of Westminster, said her family actually has a pool at their home, but they still like coming to the municipal pool. Coming to the pool is a chance for the kids to see and play with their friends, she added.

Warfield said she and her family come every Monday, and considering the day’s heat, being near the water just made sense.

“It’s the first day of summer break for the kids and it’s like 100 degrees,” she said.

The day’s heat also triggered the county’s cooling centers to open Monday.

“As usual, for most of the time during the summer, when the heat index gets that high … we open the cooling centers for people without air conditioning,” Valerie Hawkins, the acting Emergency Management manager, said.

The county wants to make sure everyone has a cool place to go and get some water, she added.

People should try to limit their time outside in the heat on days like Monday, and if they have elderly or ill neighbors, people should make sure their neighbors have everything they need, she said.

Hawkins also said people should never leave anyone — or any pets — inside a hot car for any length of time in this kind of weather. According to a news release from the emergency management office, being left in a hot car can cause heatstroke and death. If someone sees a child, elderly person or pet left alone in a car, they should call 911, according to the release.

“The inside of a car can get very hot very quickly,” Hawkins said.

According to Carroll County Emergency Management, to stay safe in the heat, people should also slow down and reduce strenuous activities; wear loose, lightweight and light colored clothing; eat less protein, and more fruits and vegetables; and drink plenty of water.

Cooling centers are open during regular business hours at County Senior Centers and the Department of Citizen Services, according to the release.

  • Citizen Services Office Building, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

All branches of the Carroll County Public Library System will also be open as cooling centers during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Both the Eldersburg and Westminster branches are also open on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., according to the release.

  • Eldersburg Branch, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg
  • Finksburg Branch, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
  • Mount Airy Branch, 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy
  • North Carroll Branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead
  • Taneytown Branch, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown
  • Westminster Branch, 50 East Main Street, Westminster

Access to air conditioning and water will be available at all of the cooling centers, according to the release.

Additional options for keeping cool are available during the day:

  • On Our Own (410-751-6600) provides a community center at 265 E. Main St., Westminster. Hours vary and are available at
  • Stores, malls, restaurants, churches or the homes of friends and family

For more information, visit the Carroll County Health Department website: