Baltimore City Opens Cooling Centers As It Declares A Code Red Heat Alert For Next 3 Days
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The Baltimore City Health Department has declared a Code Red Heat Alert from Friday through Sunday as temperatures for those days will hover close to 100 degrees.
The high on Friday is expected to hit 99 degrees while the highs on Saturday and Sunday are expected to be 98 and 95 degrees, respectively.
Baltimore City opens its emergency cooling centers on such days. The centers will have cool air and free water for residents.
The Community Action Program operates five cooling centers that are open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. The centers are:
Northern Community Action Center: 5225 York Road
Southern Community Action Center: 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor)
Northwest Community Action Center: 3939 Reisterstown Road
Southeastern Community Action Center: 3411 Bank Street
Eastern Community Action Center: 1400 E. Federal Street
The health department will operate six additional cooling centers on Friday only from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. These centers are:
Waxter Center — 1000 Cathedral Street
Oliver Center — 1700 N. Gay Street
Sandtown-Winchester Center — 1601 Baker Street
Hatton Center — 2825 Fait Avenue
John Booth — 229 1/2 S. Eaton Street
Zeta Center — 4501 Reisterstown Road
To find a cooling center closet to you or to report concerns about a neighbor, call 311. Residents experiencing a heat-related medical emergency are urged to call 911.
For more information about the heat alert, click here.
The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will keep pools open for an additional hour on Friday. Pool hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. The department has also suspended its swim sessions and will be allowing open sessions for two hours to give more residents the opportunity to cool off.
Admission to park pools is $1.50 and the price for walk-to pools is $1. For more information, call 410-396-3838 or click here.