BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Dangerously hot temperatures led to multiple heat advisories across Maryland on Monday, and more warm weather is in store for the next few days.

Monday’s high temperature reached 100 degrees, the second consecutive day of triple-digit temperatures in Baltimore. Temperatures felt as hot as 110 to 115 degrees when combined with the humidity.

The record high temperature of 102 degrees in Baltimore on July 20 was set back in 1930.

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That heat led the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning for the Eastern Shore and a heat advisory for the rest of the state.

“You just walk outside and you feel like you’re melting,” Baltimore resident Maddy Hynes said.

The heat sticks around for several more days; high temperatures won’t drop below 90 until Friday. A heat advisory is in effect for the Eastern Shore from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Baltimore’s health department issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert starting Sunday and running through Wednesday as the heatwave brings dangerous heat to the region.

Cooling centers are open in the city and The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks pools are open. All guests must register in advance online or by phone to secure a pool reservation. Guests are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to their reservation to check-in.

Cooling centers are also open in Anne Arundel County. Those cooling centers will be open through July 23 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Baltimore County opened four cooling centers as well. They will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Howard County issued a heat advisory in response to the high temperatures on Monday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“As Howard County experiences very high temperatures this week, we want to remind residents of how to stay cool and safe,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “Extreme heat can be dangerous after long periods of exposure if proper precautions are not taken. If you are heading outside, try to do so in the early morning or later evening, drink lots of water and be sure to take breaks to cool off. Additionally, if you’re planning to cool down in a pool or natural body of water, please be sure to review swim and water safety guidelines with your family and children. Let’s stay safe and healthy this summer.” 

The National Park Services said Saturday that Billy Goat Trail-A in Montgomery County will be closed Sunday and Monday due to the extreme heat.

Despite the heat, some Baltimoreans headed out to Lake Montebello Monday morning to squeeze in a workout before the hottest temperatures hit. Others tried to stay cool with water ice or ice cream.

Air conditioning units and repair technicians also put in extra work on Monday.

HVAC install technician Rich Hubbard said not only is the heat making this difficult but the coronavirus is compounding the issues.

“We’re running short on equipment, materials. Everything is lacking because of COVID,” he said.

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Chirag Chaudhari, the chairman of the emergency department at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, said people should be on the lookout for nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness and confusion, which could be signs of heat-related health issues.

“It’s really important that if we see signs of confusion we need to get indoors, call 911, we need to get to a medical setting pretty rapidly,” Chaudhari said, adding it’s critical to stay cool and well hydrated.

While it may be uncomfortable, Chaudhari said it’s still important to wear a face covering due to the coronavirus even though it may be uncomfortable on hot days.

Chaudhari also said Maryland usually sees the highest number of heat-related deaths in the month of July. Data from the state’s health department shows there have been zero heat deaths reported in the state as of July 13.

Dr. Gregory W.m. Branch, Baltimore County’s health officer, urged people to stay hydrated and remain in a cool area when possible, adding the extreme heat can be deadly, especially for seniors and animals.

WJZ’s Marty Bass, Tim Williams, Chelsea Ingram, Sean Streicher and Kelsey Kushner contributed to this report.

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  1. Grandma Moses says:

    I’m a senior and I don’t have AC and got thru today fine. Stay hydrated and leave more strenuous activity for early in the day or at night when its not as hot. In most of the world people don’t have AC and nobody had it 100 years ago & before & they all lived just fine. It makes my arthritis worse I don’t like it- drink water and have a fan its fine

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