BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The heat is prompting emergency action.  The mayor opened two city pools and officials are issuing health warnings.

Kelly McPherson reports the heat this year has already claimed two lives and now some major precautions are in place for the rest of the week.

Kids literally did back flips when Baltimore City opened two pools on a weekday for families to cool off.

“My grandson was like, `The park pool and Patterson Park Pool are open.  Let’s go,'” said Marion Tillman.

Area schools continue to shut down two hours early because of scorching temperatures.

“It’s a little bit difficult to breathe.  The kids are having a hard time concentrating,” said Erin Wassenius, Dumbarton Middle School.

For people who had to be outside, doctors remind us to be careful.

“Hydrate well before going out.  Maybe carry a bottle of water,” said Dr. Ali Habibi, Union Memorial Hospital.

“We have central air and thank God for the public pools being open for $1.50.  That’s right in our budget,” said Stella Knight.

Some people found a free way that they could stay cool in the Inner Harbor.

“The water’s splashing.  Everybody’s having fun to cool off and stuff,” said Teneka Gordan.

Marylanders have a plan to beat the heat again Thursday.

“Go back into the air conditioning as soon as you can,” said one runner.

City pools at Druid Hill and Patterson Park will be open Thursday from 3-8 p.m.


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