By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thursday was one of the hottest days Maryland has seen so far this year. There are major warnings about the extreme heat, WJZ’s Ava-joye Burnett reports.

Ninety-plus degrees — suffocating heat for people across the region.

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“Unbearable. When I come out here I can’t stay too long because it’s hard to breathe,” said Wayne Hyatt.

Air conditioning technicians have been slammed with calls.

“Instead of you getting four calls, you’re getting about 10 or 12 calls,” said Andre Bishop, air conditioning tech.

This type of heat is tough on cars, too. State highway emergency patrol have been busy helping stranded passengers.

“It’s always good to have a bottle of water with you. If you plan on going on a long ride or anything, make sure you have your cell phone on you, make sure it’s charged up,” said Ryder Malone, State Highway Administration.

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The extreme heat is also hard on BGE. Many people are cranking up their A/Cs and pushing their units to the limit.

BGE implemented an Energy Savings Day, asking customers to cut back on electricity.

“I am one of those people who really don’t like air conditioning, but it’s so hot. You need something,” said Donna Marcano.

That’s why doctors are ringing the alarm, reminding people the heat is no joke.

“If there is a blizzard in the winter, what would you be doing? How would you be approaching that? I think this is the same kind of thing. Basically, you shouldn’t be outside unless you need to be outside,” said Dr. Jonathan Rich, Mercy Medical Center.

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BGE said there will be other Energy Savings Days throughout the summer where they ask customers to cut back on electricity.

Ava-joye Burnett