Released on July 5, 2012 - 8:48am
Jul 05

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, which is in effect from noon to 8 pm this evening for all Maryland counties except Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, & Washington Counties. Heat Index Values: 100 To 107 Degrees. Maximum Temperatures: 95 To 100 Degrees. Timing: The hottest temperatures and highest heat indices will occur between 1 pm and 5 pm. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Stay hydrated, stay in an air- conditioned room, try to remain out of the sun, and check on elderly relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible. Never leave children or pets in parked cars - temperatures inside vehicles this afternoon will rapidly raise to 130 degrees. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 9 1 1.

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