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July 26, 2011

Three more dead in Maryland heat

Maryland health authorities have identified three more deaths in which heat was found to be a contributing factor.

An elderly woman in Baltimore, and two middle-aged men in Somerset and Prince George's counties, became the latest of nine Marylanders whose deaths have been attributed, in part, to high temperatures. Underlying illnesses also were a factor.

All three died last week, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Two of the three died during Heat Advisories, in which Heat Index readings reached 105 degrees or more.

In addition, 478 people complaining of heat-related illnesses were taken to Maryland emergency rooms from Tuesday to Saturday last week. The ER traffic peaked at 115 people seen on Friday. Temperatures reached 106 at the airport Friday, and 108 degrees in downtown Baltimore. Both were the highest readings on record for each location.

 

 

Posted by Frank Roylance at 6:23 PM | | Comments (0)
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This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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