Record-breaking heat possible Wednesday

Temperatures are expected to soar above average levels this Wednesday afternoon with the potential to break records set in the 1950s.

In response the heat, humidity and poor air quality, Anne Arundel County has issued a Code Red Heat Alert and activated cooling centers in the county.

The county recommends staying in an air conditioned place if possible and drinking plenty of nonalcoholic beverages to keep hydrated, even at times of low activity.

The Howard County Health Department also issued a reminder to stay safe and be aware of warning signs for heat-related illness such as mild nausea, confusion, sleepiness, profuse sweating or feeling light-headed.

Much like extreme cold, extreme heat means a spike in roadside assistance calls for AAA Mid-Atlantic. AAA reminds drivers that head is hard on the car battery, rubber hoses, belts and tires.

"Preventative maintenance can help avoid unexpected, precarious and expensive breakdowns as we head into the high heat of summer months,” Ben Perricone, Approved Auto Repair Territory Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said in a release.

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