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All outdoor athletic games and practices have been canceled for Tuesday, September 5th, 2023, due to extreme heat forecasts in Harford County, Maryland. The decision was made by the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) to ensure the safety of student-athletes.
According to a statement from the BCPS, all indoor games and matches will proceed as scheduled, but all teams are encouraged to practice indoors. The decision to cancel outdoor activities was made after consultation with school officials and weather experts.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has also issued guidelines for managing outdoor athletic activities during extreme heat. They recommend shortening or canceling outdoor events following air quality index (AQI) guidance and managing exposure more conservatively for student-athletes with pre-existing pulmonary or cardiac conditions.
The cancellation of outdoor athletic activities comes as temperatures are expected to reach record highs in the area. Officials urge residents to take precautions and stay hydrated during the heat wave.
Safety First as Extreme Heat Continues
As the extreme heat wave continues, officials remind residents to take precautions and stay safe. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the area, warning of dangerous heat indexes and urging residents to stay indoors and avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
In addition to canceling outdoor athletic activities, several schools and community centers have opened as cooling centers for residents. Officials also remind residents to stay hydrated and check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors during the heat wave.
The extreme heat wave is expected to continue for several days, and officials are urging residents to take precautions and stay safe. They also remind residents to follow posted guidelines and instructions from law enforcement and report any signs of heat exhaustion or other heat-related illnesses.
As the community comes together to weather the extreme heat wave, officials emphasize the importance of safety and preparedness in extreme weather events.