Get out the sprinklers and fill those water bottles. The next few days in the Baltimore region are going to be scorchers.
The National Weather Service is expecting a high heat index of 107 degrees Wednesday and 110 on Thursday. The index measures what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature.
The weather service issued a heat advisory for the Baltimore region for Wednesday and Thursday starting around noon and ending around 8 p.m.
In addition to the heat, forecasts for the rest of the week also show potential for severe thunderstorms and flash flooding for these areas in the afternoon and evening. On Wednesday, there’s a chance of storms from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thunderstorms passed through much of the Baltimore region Tuesday afternoon from the late afternoon to early evening, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings across the area. No major damage or rainfall was reported as of Tuesday night, according to the weather service.
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa also issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Tuesday through Friday for the expected temperatures.
“Excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States. The effects of extreme heat are exacerbated in urban areas, especially when combined with high humidity and poor air quality,” Dzirasa said in a news release. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous for young children, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions.”
Cooling centers will be open around the city from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help people beat the heat. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. Locations include:
- Harford Senior Center 4920 Harford Road (410) 426-4009
- Hatton Senior Center 2825 Fait Ave. (410) 396-9025
- Oliver Senior Center 1700 Gay St. (410) 396-3861
- Sandtown Winchester Senior Center 1601 Baker St. (410) 396-7725
- Waxter Senior Center 1001 Cathedral St. (410)-396-1324
- Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging 4501 Reisterstown Road (410) 396-3535
The Maryland State Highway Administration reminded people to check the back seat of their car before leaving. The agency said that 51 children died in 2018 and 2019 after being left in a hot car.