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It’s hot out there with the heat index rising above 100 degrees.

And Delmarva has begun to open up some cooling stations for those trying to seek relief.

In Wicomico County there is the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will be open today and tomorrow up until 8 p.m., although no pets are allowed and those seeking shelter must provide their own food and medications.

The MAC Senior Center will also be open for those over 50 with extended hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shore Transit will provide transportation for those who need it.

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With temperatures still reaching into the 90’s Somerset County has opened up some cooling stations.

The Princess Anne Library and the Crisfield Library will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The Somerset Senior Services Center will be open through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And the Woodrow Wilson Community Center will also be open through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.      

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Delmarvans Stay Cool

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The Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their customers to voluntarily limit power usage between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 pm. today.

With temperatures heading into the mid 90’s the power companies say that they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

That means that customers are being asked to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

In addition, they should delay major appliance usage such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers as well as hot water usage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Health officials say Delaware has recorded its first heat-related death this year.

The Division of Public Health said preliminary findings indicated the death of a 56-year old Sussex County man on Wednesday was caused in part by heat exposure. Officials say the man had an underlying medical condition.

The agency says the medical examiner's office will not perform an autopsy.

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As the weather heats up the cooling centers are beginning to open up on Delmarva.

Wicomico County health officials announced the MAC Senior Center in Salisbury will be open Wednesday through Friday for those over the age of 50 who need to escape the heat. 

WBOC reports that officials say there will be a few more places open to beat the heat.

Jennifer Johnson with the Wicomico County Health Department told the station that people should to the library or the mall where there is air conditioning.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say a third heated-related death has been confirmed in Delaware.

The Department of Health and Social Services said Tuesday that the medical examiner had ruled that the death of a 95-year-old New Castle County woman was heat related.

Officials say the woman was found dead in her Newark home on Sunday, and that heat exposure was a factor in her death.

Two people died during last week's heat wave.

Code Orange in Delaware

Jul 17, 2013
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have issued a "Code Orange" air quality warning for Delaware and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says ozone concentrations on Wednesday are expected to be unhealthful for sensitive people. Officials say outdoor activity should be limited for young children, the elderly, and those with heart or respiratory conditions.

Particulate concentrations are expected to rise, but remain in the moderate range.

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Get set for a heat wave.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the 90’s with some areas this week seeing a heat index of 100 or more.

In addition, humidity is also expected to make the week feel uncomfortable with dew points in the 70’s.

This could make it unsafe for some vulnerable residents.

The highs this week should move into the 90 degree range through Friday with the potential for authorities to declare a heat emergency.

That could result in opening up cooling stations and taking other measures to help those in need of relief.

Wicomico Schools Heat Warning,wcboe.org

If the temperature gets 85 degrees or higher, parents with children attending non-air conditioned schools in Wicomico County may keep them home with an excused absence.

The schools affected are Bennett Middle, West Salisbury Elementary,  East Salisbury Elementary and portions of Pittsville Elementary and Middle.

    

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Public health officials say Maryland's heat-related deaths have surpassed last year's total.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says four more heat-related deaths, which occurred earlier this summer but only recently were found to be heat related, raises the total to 38 deaths.

That compares with 34 in 2011.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. David Fowler tells The Baltimore Sun that some of the deaths involved victims who were without air-conditioning after a derecho storm in June.

It’s a second day of the teat index hitting nearly 110.

And there’s a heat advisory for the weekend.

WHAT DO TO

Residents are urged to stay in-doors with adequate air conditioning and avoid outdoor activities.

Hospitals are expected to see people with such ailments as heat rash heat exhaustion and heat cramps.

Drink plenty of water and know the signs of heat related illnesses.

These include dry red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium and coma.

It’s hot.

Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees today with the heat index hitting 109 through this evening.

There’s only a 20 percent chance of some rain and thunderstorms.

A heat advisory will go into effect by noon today and run through 7 pm tonight.

Hospitals are expected to stay busy as victims of the heat wave seek help for such illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat rash.

Local officials are recommending that people stay in-doors with air conditioning.

Check for cooling stations at your local libraries.

There’s a break in the heat wave with temperatures dropping from as high as 100 or more during the day down to the mid-80’s this week.

And there is a forecast of rain in the coming days.

That should be good news for Delmarva’s 17-hundred poultry farmers…who have been struggling to keep their birds cool during the hot spell.

Jack Lavelle in Accomac told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expects to spend more than $3-thousand this month on electricity to run his three broiler houses with a capacity of 50-thousand birds.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Four more people have died heat-related deaths in Maryland, bringing the total number of heat-related deaths in recent days to eight including a man in Wicomico County.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported the number Thursday. Three of the newly-reported heat-related deaths occurred in Baltimore City. Two of them were men over the age of 65. The third was a man between the ages of 45 and 64.

The fourth heat-related death happened in Montgomery County and was reported to be a man over the age of 65.

Three deaths have now been reported in the State of Maryland from the heat wave that has hit Delmarva.

The state health department they involved three men -- two senior citizens with one of them in Wicomico County.

These are the first heat-related death this year in the state with 34 fatalities last year.

The state health officials are warning people to stay out of the heat with the potential to cause stroke and exhaustion.

And, those still without power because of the recent storms should take advantage of the 58 cooling centers around the state.

More than 22-hundred Delmarva Power customers remain without electricity early this morning in the wake of weekend storms that left tens of thousands without power in the midst of a stifling heat wave.

Most of the remaining outages are in Cecil and Kent counties in Maryland where more than 1,700 remained out service this morning.

About 200 are out in New Castle County and only a couple dozen in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware.

Even with the quick storm that passed through the region today temperatures are still expected to approach the 100 mark.

Heat Wave Hits Delmarva

Jun 21, 2012

A heat wave has hit the Delmarva Peninsula with temperatures expected to be in the upper 90’s.

Yesterday the Sussex County airport near Georgetown saw a record breaking 98 degrees.

Today’s forecasts are higher with New Castle County expected to see 99 degrees.

The Christina School District says that all school facilities hosting summer programs and camps will be closed today.

Recommendations from health officials on Delmarva range from drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun to checking on elderly neighbors.