BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Whether it’s heading to the Preakness Stakes, spending time outdoors, or just hanging out at home, you’re sure to feel the searing, unseasonably intense heat of this weekend’s heatwave.
We have declared Saturday as an alert day due to an intense combination of heat and humidity that we will be dealing with throughout the day. We’re talking temperatures in the mid 90’s which will be the first time we’ve seen them soar this high since last August.
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The forecast calls for an afternoon high of 95 degrees for Baltimore, just below the record 96 degrees set in 1934. With humidity, the heat index will be close to 100 degrees.
With the triple digit heat, it’s important to be aware of heat-related illnesses and how to avoid them.
The Maryland Department of Health recommends using the following tips to cope with hot weather:
- Drink enough liquid.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and overly sweetened beverages.
- Wear loose-fitting, light, light-colored clothing.
- Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen; Stay in the shade if possible.
- Avoid salt tablets unless a doctor tells you to take them.
- Keep it quiet outside; Schedule physical activity in the morning or evening when it’s cooler, and take breaks as needed.
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People suffering from chronic illnesses, the elderly, infants and young children, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses. One heat-related death is currently reported in Maryland for 2021. In 2020 there were 16 heat-related deaths.
Marylanders are reminded never to leave children or pets in a car for long periods of time during hot weather — even if the windows are cracked.
Those who need cooling centers can call 211 or contact their local health department.
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Additional hot weather safety resources are available from the MDH Office of Preparedness and Response at
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