LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Heat Advisory in effect for all of Southern Maryland from 12 PM until 8 PM today, This morning there is a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 107. Southwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


Cooling Centers:

St. Mary’s County

Calvert County

Charles County


The Department of Emergency Services would like to remind citizens to prepare for this week’s predicted hot and humid weather conditions.

During Extreme Heat:

• Check on your elderly friends, family members and neighbors

• Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service

• Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

• Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

• Postpone outdoor games and activities.

• Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.

• Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

• Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.

• Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.

• Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

• Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

• Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.

• Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

For more information visit prepare.stmarysmd.com.