Keep cool: Heat is here for days, forecasters warn

June 19, 1993|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,Staff Writer

The weatherman says the dog days don't arrive until August.

Right. Tell that to the dogs on the street yesterday.

Baltimore's high of 98 muggy, sunshiny degrees fell only one point short of the National Weather Service record set downtown in 1957. It was nearly the same for Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where a high of 94 came close enough to the record of 97 degrees set 36 years ago.

In parts of Harford and Baltimore counties, the ozone level was 40 percent higher than acceptable federal health standards, state officials said. It was the fourth consecutive day that the smog levels exceeded the healthy level, they said.

The state Department of the Environment issued a health advisory for the metropolitan area, warning that the weather could be harmful to young and elderly with respiratory problems because of an elevated ozone, or smog, level. Persons with respiratory problems were advised to reduce physical activity and stay indoors.

Forecasters said the hot and humid conditions were expected to persist today and tomorrow -- and even through Monday, the first day of summer. "The old Bermuda high has settled in," said Amet Figueroa of the National Weather Service at BWI. "It looks like this hot, steamy situation will continue."

Some relief was in sight, though. Twenty-three public pools will open at noon today in Baltimore's parks, said Lynette Cromer, a Department of Recreation and Parks official.

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