The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to individuals outside.
“Heat is a silent killer and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those in our city who are the most vulnerable," Dr. Wen said. "With tomorrow's extreme heat expected, it is important for all residents to protect against hyperthermia and dehydration. Please be cautious and remember to stay cool and hydrated."
The Mayor's Office of Human Services' Community Action Partnership will open the following cooling centers Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
Northern Community Action Partnership Center, 5225 York Road, (410) 396-6084
Southern Community Action Partnership Center, 60 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor), (410) 545-0900
Northwest Community Action Partnership Center, 3939 Reisterstown Road, (443) 984-1384
Southeastern Community Action Partnership Center, 3411 Bank Street, (410) 545-6510
Eastern Community Action Partnership Center, 1400 E. Federal Street, (410) 545-0136
The Health Department's Division of Aging and CARE Services will also open the following senior centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday:
Waxter Center for Senior Citizens: 1000 Cathedral Street, (410) 396-1324
Oliver Center: 1700 Gay Street, (410) 396-3861
Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center: 1601 N. Baker Street, (410) 396-7724
Additionally, Shoprite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave, 21207) will be open as a community cooling center during their regular hours and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will extend pool hours.
City residents who want information on the closest cooling center or who are concerned about a neighbor can call 311.
Any city resident experiencing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke should call 911.
Anne Arundel County is also opening several cooling centers. The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is designated the following Senior Centers as cooling centers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday:
Annapolis Senior Center: 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis
Arnold Senior Center: 44 Church Rd, Arnold
Brooklyn Park Senior Center: 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park