Anne Arundel County is currently under an excessive heat warning, with temperatures expected to reach into the mid-90s and heat index values up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The National Weather Service has issued the warning, which is in effect until 8 p.m. on Saturday. The county is taking steps to help residents stay cool and avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Cooling Stations and Other Measures
To keep residents safe during the heat wave, the county has opened several cooling stations throughout the area. The stations are located at public libraries, community centers, and senior centers, and offer air-conditioned spaces for residents to cool off. The county has also activated its heat emergency plan, which includes outreach to vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.
In addition to the cooling stations, the county has urged residents to take other precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. These include staying hydrated, wearing loose-fitting and lightweight clothing, and avoiding outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day. The county has also advised residents to check on elderly neighbors and relatives, who may be more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.
The excessive heat warning has also prompted the county to take other measures to protect residents. Anne Arundel County Public Schools have canceled all outdoor activities, including sports practices and games, until 6 p.m. on Saturday. The county has also opened several public pools and splash pads for residents to use free of charge during the heat wave.
The heat wave is expected to last through the weekend, with temperatures remaining in the mid-90s and heat index values up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The county will continue monitoring the situation and taking additional steps to keep residents safe. Residents are urged to stay informed about the weather conditions and take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.