Baltimore declares Code Blue amid high winds on Christmas Day

You might not need snow boots on Christmas Day, but you will need to bundle up.

City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen declared a Code Blue beginning Monday night into Thursday morning, according to a press release, with overnight temperatures predicted to fall into the 20s and wind chill temperatures in the teens. On Thursday, wind chill temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s throughout the day.

Code Blue is a multi-agency effort to reduce hypothermia death in the winter, the release said. This is the second Code Blue alert for Baltimore this season.

“Extreme cold temperatures can permanently injure, or even kill. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be just as dangerous as extreme heat, so it is important to stay indoors in heated areas,” Wen said in the release. “Please be sure to check on your elderly neighbors to ensure that they have heat and power.”

Last winter, 11 people died from hypothermia in Baltimore. So far this winter, there has been one death from hypothermia.

Winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines on Monday, the National Weather Service said in a wind advisory. Scattered power outages are expected. A high of 38 degrees is forecast.

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