Excessive Heat Warning Issued For Baltimore County

By Staff Reporter
Posted on 07/19/19 | News Source: Patch

An excessive heat warning takes effect Friday, and the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch for Saturday and Sunday.

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Baltimore County, MD — Temperatures are expected to be dangerously hot in Baltimore County Friday, hitting 106 degrees on the heat index. People should take precautions like wearing lightweight clothing, drinking water and staying in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible, health officials advise. Relief from the heat is available at Baltimore County Public Library branches, which are open as cooling centers.

An excessive heat warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 19. It applies to most of Maryland, including Baltimore County.

When weather officials issue an excessive heat warning, a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures will occur that may lead to heat-related illnesses.

So far this season, four people in Maryland have died from heat, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

As temperatures soar, air quality on Friday will be unhealthy for some. A code orange air quality alert is in effect, meaning air pollution concentrations may become unhealthy for children, older adults and people with respiratory or heart ailments. They should avoid strenuous activities like outdoor exercise.

Timeline To 106 Degrees In Baltimore County On Friday

It will feel like it's above 100 degrees in Baltimore County from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, according to the forecast.

In particular, it's going to be scorching from 2 to 3 p.m.

Here is the hour-by-hour temperature forecast from the National Weather Service:

It's only going to get hotter this weekend. Heat indices may reach 115 degrees Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

An excessive heat watch is in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This means a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures is possible, and people should prepare for extreme temperatures and high humidity.

Here are things that weather officials advise for staying safe:

There are also 20 Baltimore County Senior Centers countywide that are open Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to all — regardless of age — during the heat.

How To Identify Heat Illness

 Heat illnesses can take several forms, from a heat rash to heat stroke.

When a person experiences heat stroke, the body is unable to control its temperature and the result can be fatal.

These are symptoms of heat stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): hot, red, dry or damp skin; quick pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; temperature of 103 degrees or hotter; and fainting.

If people exhibit symptoms of heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move them to a cooler area.