Heat & Humidity Won’t Release Their Hold On Maryland

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Most of the state is under a Code Orange Air Quality Alert as we experience another day of hot, humid and hazy conditions.

Christie Ileto has more on the threat the heat poses.

It might be Maryland’s first official heat wave of the year, but for Columbia resident Brenda McCabe, a broken AC unit means Tuesday’s sizzler just got personal.

“It got up to about 98 outside so it’s been over 80 something in the house,” she said.

Eighty-eight, to be exact. And she’s not the only one trying to stay cool.

“We’re doing about 40 calls a day,” said Amazing Heating and Air Conditioning owner Andrew Fitzhugh.

The sweltering heat has techs at Amazing Heating and Air Conditioning staying busy.

“Most of June is extremely busy. We’re typically booked out a week,” said Fitzhugh.

As temperatures remain high in the region, the quality of air may become dangerous for the vulnerable population.

The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Tuesday in the Baltimore metro area.

A Code Orange Air Quality Alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups, which include the elderly, children and people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases.

The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

For more information, click here.

Maryland’s Department of Environment has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Wednesday, as well.

“It’s like a billion degrees out here. No, like, seriously, it’s ridiculously hot,” said Jaquisha Kearson.

As temperatures continue to climb over the next couple of days, health experts say air quality could become dangerous for young children and the elderly.

“Anybody could be a victim of heatstroke — don’t think you’re invulnerable– and that needs to be treated in a hospital,” said Dr. Richard Lebow, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Many heed the warning.

“Two water bottles, then I have a spray water-bottle so I can mist myself,” Kearson said.

“I would say we’ve done over 500 scoops today,” said Charmery owner Laura Alima.

Over in Baltimore, residents found ways to simmer Tuesday’s steamer at Charmery.

“We’re selling a lot of cones and a lot of bowls of ice cream,” said Alima.

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