LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A Heat Advisory has been issued for the Baltimore and Washington region as blistering temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-upper 90’s on Wednesday.
The heat and humidity will combine to make the air feel as hot as 105 degrees, according to WUSA9 meteorologist Howard Bernstein.
The combination will also serve as a trigger point for strong thunderstorms during the afternoon commute. The storms could produce damaging wind gusts and large hail, according to Bernstein.
Washington’s 116-year-old record-high of 101 degrees for July 2 will be threatened, but is not likely to be exceeded.
The heat will become slightly less oppressive Thursday before fading further to a pleasant high in the mid-80’s on the Fourth of July.
Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, formed Tuesday and is expected to reach hurricane strength by Thursday.
The storm is moving up the East Coast from Florida and officials says residents as far north as Virginia should keep an eye on its path.
Sweltering heat baked the mid-Atlantic just two weeks ago, prompting the Emergency Management Agency in D.C. to declare a heat emergency and open a number of cooling centers.
Click here for a map of cooling centers in Washington, D.C.
Anne Arundel County
The Department of Aging will open the following cooling centers from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
o Annapolis Senior Center, 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis
o O’Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton
o Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena
o Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie
o South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
o Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd, Arnold
Anne Arundel County Public Libraries will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
o Annapolis Area Library: 1410 West Street, Annapolis
o Broadneck Community Library: 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis
o Brooklyn Park Community Library: 1 East 11th Avenue, Baltimore
o Crofton Community Library: 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton
o Deale Community Library: 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale
o Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library: 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
o Edgewater Community Library: 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
o Linthicum Community Library: 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum
o Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel
o Mountain Road Community Library: 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena
o North County Area Library: 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie
o Riviera Beach Community Library: 1130 Duvall Highway, Pasadena
o Severn Community Library: 2624 Annapolis Road, Severn
o Severna Park Community Library: 45 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park
o West County Area Library: 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton
The following police precincts will be open for 24 hours.
o Northern District Police Precinct, 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
o Eastern District Police Precinct, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena
o Western District Police Precinct, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
o Southern District Police Precinct, 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
The Baltimore City Health Department Office of Aging and Care Services will open the following senior centers as cooling centers from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., where cold water and air-conditioning will be available:
o Waxter Center
1000 Cathedral Street 21201
o Oliver Center
1700 N. Gay Street 21213
o Sandtown-Winchester Center
1601 N. Baker St. 21217
o Hatton Center
2825 Fait Avenue 21224
o John Booth Center
2601 E. Baltimore 21224
o Zeta Center
4501 Reisterstown Rd. 21215
o Capital Clubhouse (9 a.m.–9 p.m.)
3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf
o Richard R. Clark Senior Center (9 a.m.–4 p.m.)
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
o Nanjemoy Community Center (Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)
4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy
Charles County Public Libraries (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
o La Plata Branch
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
o P.D. Brown Memorial Branch
50 Village Street, Waldorf
o Potomac Branch
3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head
Waldorf West Library
10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf
Outdoor Pools (12 p.m.–8 p.m.) *
o La Plata High School
o McDonough High School
o Thomas Stone High School
Indoor Pools (12 p.m.–5 p.m.) *
o North Point High School
o Lackey High School
* Fees for indoor and outdoor pools are $5 for ages 13 and older; $4 for youth ages 2-12 and seniors; free for children under age 2.
Tips to stay cool:
- Drink plenty of water
- Minimize time outside
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing
- Cover as many parts of the body as possible
- Stay inside during the hottest time of day (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
- Rapid or slowed heart beat
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