Code Red Heat Advisory issued for weekend

A Code Red Heat Advisory is issued for Saturday and Sunday with expected temperatures to reach up to 104 degrees. Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued this advisory Friday morning urging residents to be conscious that the humidity may change how hot it actual feels outside. Temperatures are expected to be cooler in the morning and night.

"Heat is a silent killer. That is why it's important for everyone to protect against hypothermia and dehydration," said Dr. Wen. "We want to make sure everyone enjoys Artscape and other festivities, but please be cautious and remember to stay cool and hydrated."

During periods of extreme heat, the Baltimore City Health Department recommends that city residents:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Reduce outside activities and stay inside in air-conditioned locations
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods of time
  • Check on older, sick, or frail neighbors who may need help responding to the heat
  • Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which include: Confusion; Hot, dry, flushed skin or cool and clammy skin; Lightheaded; Nausea. If any signs present immediately dial 9-1-1.

The community Action Partnership will have 5 cooling centers open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

  • Northern Community Action Center, 5225 York Road
  • Northwest Community Action Center, 3939 Reisterstown Road
  • Southern Community Action Center, 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor, note this location will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday)
  • Southeastern Community Action Center, 3411 Bank Street
  • Eastern Community Action Center, 1400 E. Federal Street

{}"We can prevent heat from killing our citizens," added Dr. Wen. "It's important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with your neighbors, especially seniors and medically frail individuals who live alone or without air conditioning during times of extreme heat."

You can click here for additional information on cooling centers on the Baltimore City Health Department Website or dial 311.

If you are experiencing heat stroke or exhaustion please dial 9-1-1.

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