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Baltimore weather: 'Code red' heat advisory continues through Thursday

Baltimore health officials declared a "code red" heat advisory through Thursday, with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity forecast.

The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the mid-90s, with heat index values up to 102 degrees Wednesday. On Thursday, the weather service predicted highs in the low-90s with a heat index around 100 degrees and a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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Researchers are creating a map of the pockets of Baltimore where an abundance of blacktop and a lack of tree cover create what are known as urban heat islands. The data will help address rising public health concerns about heat-related illnesses.

The city health department issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert on Monday that has extended through Thursday and is opening cooling centers to provide relief from the heat. Baltimore health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen urged residents to guard against dehydration and hyperthermia by drinking plenty of water, wearing appropriate clothing and limiting strenuous activity outdoors.

They should also watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which can include confusion, flushed skin and dry or cold and clammy skin, lightheadedness and nausea.

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The heatwave led to the early dismissal of more than 60 Baltimore schools Tuesday and forced 10 schools in Baltimore County to close Tuesday. On Wednesday, 60-plus schools in the city were again scheduled to close three hours early, while Baltimore County kept eight schools and two centers closed for the day.

Pools at Patterson Park, Druid Hill Park and Riverside Park will be open Wednesday.

Twenty-five people have died from heat-related deaths this year, the deadliest season in at least the last five years.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., cooling centers will be open at:

  • Northern Community Action Partnership Center, 5225 York Road, 410-396-6084
  • Southern Community Action Partnership Center, 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor), 410-545-0900
  • Northwest Community Action Partnership Center, 3939 Reisterstown Road, 443-984-1384
  • Southeastern Community Action Partnership Center, 3411 Bank St., 410-545-6510

The following senior centers will also be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, 1000 Cathedral St., 410-396-1324
  • Oliver Center, 1700 Gay St., 410-396-3861
  • Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center, 1601 N. Baker St., 410-396-7724
  • Hatton Center, 2825 Fait Ave., 410-396-9025
  • John Booth 2601 E. Baltimore St., 410-396-9202
  • Zeta Center, 4501 Reisterstown Road, 410-396-3535

And ShopRite of Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave.) will be open as a community cooling center during its regular hours Wednesday and Thursday.

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