Think it is hot now? It’s going to get worse.
While much of the Eastern Shore baked under temps in the low to mid 90s on Wednesday, those temperatures are set to climb to the high 90s Thursday to Sunday l, with the heat index forecast to hit 109 on Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for all of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses, the weather service warns.
Temperatures of about 97 are forecast for much of the area through Sunday.
In preparation for the heat wave, Wicomico County on Wednesday announced it will open a cooling center in the Danang Room at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
The cooling center will be open on Thursday from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; and again on Saturday from noon- 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Residents will need to bring their own mask, food, beverages, and medications. Masks are recommended but not required. Please be sure to social distance while at the cooling center.
Pets are permitted, but will be sheltered separately by Animal Control at the Humane Society and returned to the owner before the cooling center closes for the day. Anyone needing transportation to the Civic Center should call Shore Transit at 443-260-2300 (select “dispatch” option).
The MAC Inc. Senior Center will also be open Thursday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. as a cooling center for residents ages 55 and over. MAC is located at 909 Progress Circle in Salisbury,.
For additional information about cooling centers in Wicomico County, call 211. For more information on heat and summer safety, visit the Wicomico County Health Department’s website at www.wicomicohealth.org