The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Thursday, as temperatures are expected to rise from the low to mid-90s on Wednesday to a scorching high of 97 degrees with a heat index up to 106 degrees Thursday.
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa on Wednesday issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Thursday, advising residents to watch for signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and warning residents to limit outdoor activities. Eleven cooling centers will be open across the city Thursday.
“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 statement. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous for young children, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions. I encourage all residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves as well as their families, neighbors, and pets.”
Wednesday’s high temperature at BWI Marshall Airport was 93 degrees from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
An air quality alert is in effect in Baltimore for Thursday , meaning air pollution is unhealthy for vulnerable residents, such as children, people with asthma, heart disease or lung disease and older adults. The Maryland Department of Environment issued the air quality alert for Baltimore and Annapolis, according to the National Weather Service. The air will be muggy and humid Thursday.
Thursday’s heat advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is a 30% chance of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.
Eleven cooling centers will be open Thursday at varying times:
- Harford Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 4920 Harford Road
- Hatton Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2825 Fait Ave.
- Sandtown Winchester Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1601 Baker St.
- Oliver Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1700 N. Gay St.
- Zeta Center for Health and Active Aging from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 4501 Reisterstown Road
- My Sisters Place Women’s Center (women and children only) from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 17 W. Franklin St.
- Manna House from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 435 E. 25th St.
- Beans & Bread from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 402 S. Bond St.
- Brooklyn Homes from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4140 10th St.
- Cherry Hill Homes from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2700 Spelman Road
Baltimore Sun reporter Cassidy Jensen contributed to this article.