Baltimore City Health Department’s Code Red heat alert to continue Monday – Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore City Health Department has issued the second Code Red extreme heat alert of the summer, as weekend hot weather is expected to continue through Monday.
Citing high temperatures and heat indices over 100, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa released Code Red for Sunday and Monday, an advisory the department issues when heat poses a serious risk to the safety of vulnerable residents.
Dzirasa declared the first code red of summer in July, during a heat wave when temperatures hit 98 and heat index values soared above 100. The value of the heat index shows how someone outdoors would feel, taking into account both temperature and humidity.
The temperature hit 93 on Sunday with a heat index of 100, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures in the mid-90s will continue into the first half of the week, with a high of 94 on Monday and a heat index value of 103. There is also a 30% chance of rain Monday afternoon with thunderstorms possible from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Meteorologists predict Tuesday will be even warmer, with a high of 95 and a heat index of 105 as well as the possibility of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. and overnight.
The hottest August record ever in Baltimore was 105, recorded in 1983 and 1918.
The city maintains a interactive map of cooling centers for residents to seek relief from the heat.
Local branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library are open to residents who wish to refresh themselves during regular hours. ShopRite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave.) will also open as a community cooling center during its regular hours on Monday.
The Department of Health‘s Division of Aging will open the following locations as cooling centers Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
- Harford Aged Center 4920 Harford Road (410) 426-4009
- Hatton Senior Center 2825 Fact Avenue (410)-396-9025
- Sandtown Winchester Senior Center 1601 Baker Street (410) 396-7724
- Oliver Senior Center 1700 N. Gay Street (410) 396-3861
- Zeta Center for Health and Active Aging 4501 Reisterstown Road (410) 396-3535
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services sites will open the following sites as cooling centers at various times on Monday:
- My Sister’s Place Women’s Center (women and children only) 17 W. Franklin St. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
- manna house 435 E. 25th St. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Beans & Bread 402 S. Bond Street 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Franciscan Center 101 W. 23rd St. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The City of Baltimore Housing Authority will open the following locations as cooling centers on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
- Brooklyn houses 4140 10th street.
- Cherry Hill Homes 2700 Spelman Road.