With the National Weather Service predicting temps up to 105 degrees on the heat index Wednesday afternoon, officials in Baltimore County are urging citizens to stay in the air conditioning.
At Baltimore County libraries and senior centers—which are designated as "cooling centers"—citizens can relax with access to water, bathrooms and air conditioning, according to Baltimore County's Department of Health and Human Services.
"I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning," Dr. Gregory Branch, director of health and human services for Baltimore County, said.
The department listed the following as places to stay cool:
- 19 Baltimore County Public Library branches: From May through September, Baltimore County Public Library has 19 branches that are open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as cooling centers. Visit the library website or call 410-887-6100 for locations and weekend hours.
- 19 Baltimore County Senior Centers: Age doesn't matter—all are welcome at the 19 Baltimore County Senior Centers, which are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 410-887-2594 for info.
- Community centers
- Neighbors' homes with air conditioning
- Movie theaters
There is a heat advisory in effect from noon to 7 p.m. across the Baltimore-Washington area on Wednesday, July 2