Reporting Derek Valcourt
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—August-like temperatures have a grip on Maryland. A heat advisory is in effect for much of the area, and we hit triple digits.
Derek Valcourt has more on how people are coping in the torrid temperatures.
Heat so thick you can see it. Everyone’s got a word for it: humid, barbeque, sticky, deadly weather.
Deadly, indeed. Already two Marylanders have died in the severe temperatures. Many others are struggling to get by.
“This is balmy I’m not ready for this,” said one man. “This is a little too early. I’m expecting this around late June or August.”
“Everyone’s sweating just upon going outside, so it’s really bad– just awful,” said one woman.
In southern Maryland, an outdoor field trip turned dangerous when several students became sick in the heat and humidity. At least eight students from Charles County were hospitalized.
Heat illness is such a concern that Baltimore City and Baltimore County schools decided to close early. Students rushed home to get inside.
“We barely even coming out now,” said one young man. “We usually outside all day.”
It’s even worse for firefighters–loaded up in heavy protective gear while battling smoke and flames.
And they aren’t the only ones suffering while working outside.
“It’s like being in hell,” said a concrete worker.
Lots of water and lots of frequent breaks–the only way concrete workers stay cool in the baking sun.
“We just poured this one load of concrete about 20 minutes ago and it’s hard already. It usually take about three to four hours,” the concrete worker said.
Even fitness buffs say this heat is just too much for an outdoor workout.
“Stay cool. Stay in the shade,” said a fitness buff. “You don’t want to be out running this time of the day in these temperatures, so run inside if you got a gym or something like that.”
“I think we need some cool air,” one person said.
“Hopefully in the next couple of days get some rain,” said another.
So far there have been no major problems, though there are reports of some outages in the Anne Arundel County area.