Health officials are bracing for another burst of heat in the Baltimore area, but it won't be as long as the last one.
Baltimore City officials declared a "Code Red" heat emergency Monday morning, opening 11 cooling centers across the city. In other counties, those seeking shelter from the heat are encouraged to visit senior centers and public libraries.
Eighteen people have died across Maryland so far this month at least in part because of the heat. That was during a 12-day stretch with highs 90 degrees or hotter.
The latest National Weather Service forecast calls for highs of 99, 99 and 98 degrees in Baltimore for Monday through Wednesday. A heat advisory in effect for Baltimore and southern Baltimore County cautions of heat index values reaching 105 because of high humidity.
The heat is forecast to break Thursday, however. Highs are forecast in the upper 80s Thursday through at least Saturday.
Residents are encouraged to drink plenty of water, stay in the shade or in air-conditioned shelter, and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
City cooling centers are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., located at:
• Northern Community Action Center -- 5225 York Road
• Southern Community Action Center -- 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor)
• Northwest Community Action Center -- 3939 Reisterstown Road
• Southeastern Community Action Center -- 3411 Bank Street
• Eastern Community Action Center – 1400 E. Federal Street
• Waxter Center -- 1000 Cathedral Street
• Oliver Center -- 1700 N. Gay Street
• Sandtown-Winchester Center -- 1601 Baker Street
• Hatton Center -- 2825 Fait Avenue
• John Booth -- 229 1/2 S. Eaton Street
• Zeta Center -- 4501 Reisterstown Road