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Excessive Heat Watch issued for Baltimore area on Monday

UPDATE: This has now been upgraded to an Excessive Heat Watch as heat indices of 110–115 degrees are possible.

Original story below…

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NOTTINGHAM, MD—The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the Baltimore area for Monday.

The advisory will be in effect from noon until 8 p.m. on Monday.

Heat index values of up to or exceeding 105 degrees are possible with actual temperatures of around 100 degrees.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency…call 9 1 1.

Below are some tips from Baltimore County to help get relief from the heat and stay safe.

  • Never leave a child or pet in an unattended car.
  • Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay.
  • Visit a cooling center in Baltimore County or consider visiting family, friends or an air-conditioned public building.
  • Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices.
  • Keep your home cool by preparing foods that require minimal cooking.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time in the pool or sweating excessively.
  • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
  • Make sure you take care of your pets by providing plenty of water and appropriate shelter.
  • Take time to prepare or reevaluate your emergency preparedness kit. Make sure you have enough water to last you at least three days, a flashlight and a battery-powered radio.

A list of Baltimore County cooling centers is available here.

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