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National Weather Service expects heat index to reach 105 degrees

The National Weather Service is expecting the heat index to reach 105 degrees today, July 2, according to a news release from the Charles County government.

Public buildings are open during regular business hours for use by residents as cooling centers, including the Capital Clubhouse, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 3033 Waldorf Market Place; Richard R. Clark Senior Center, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1210 Charles St. in La Plata; Nanjemoy Community Center, open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 4375 Port Tobacco Road; Charles County public libraries, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the La Plata branch at 2 Garrett Ave. in La Plata, P.D. Brown branch at 50 Village St. in Waldorf, Potomac branch at 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive in Indian Head and the Waldorf West branch at 10405 O’Donnell Place; outdoor pools, open noon to 8 p.m. at La Plata High School at 6035 Radio Station Road, McDonough High School at 7165 Marshall Corner Road in Pomfret and Thomas Stone High School at 3785 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf; and indoor pools, open noon to 5 p.m. at North Point High School at 2500 Davis Road in Waldorf and Henry E. Lackey High School at 3000 Chicamuxen Road in Indian Head.

Fees for indoor and outdoor pools are $5 for ages 13 and older; $4 for youth ages 2-12 and seniors; free for children younger than 2.

Go to www.ready.gov/heat for tips on how to prepare for extreme heat. Information on heat illnesses can be found at dhmh.maryland.gov/extremeheat/sitepages/home.aspx.

Severe weather notices are posted online at www.charlescountymd.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlescounty and on Twitter at @charlescomd.

Call 911 in the event of an emergency.