“Heat is a silent killer,” Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said in a news release advising of the dangers heat could bring for the young, elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.
More rain is expected for Carroll County, with numerous scattered rain showers forecast for Wednesday evening and this weekend heading into next week. And although a heat index between 95 and 100 with high humidity will precede the rain Wednesday evening — which is expected between 3 and 10 p.m.
“All residents should protect against hyperthermia and dehydration,” Wen said in a release. “It’s important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with your neighbors, especially seniors and medically frail individuals who live alone or without air conditioning during times of extreme heat.”
According to the health department, just one day of heat exposure can cause heat-related illnesses and death.
The alert led the city to open cooling centers at four Community Action Partnership Centers and several senior centers.
On Tuesday night, flash floods hit eastern Baltimore County, overflowing neighborhoods in Middle River and requiring emergency crews to rescue a few drivers who had become stranded in their cars.