Maryland Department of Environment Issues Air Quality Alert

 WORCESTER COUNTY (July 17, 2013) The Maryland Department of the Environment issued an Air Quality Alert for today, and the National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, with a heat index of over 100 degrees.

With high temperatures forecast throughout the week, the public is invited to escape the heat by visiting any of the five Worcester County branch libraries, located in Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke, as well as the Worcester County Recreation Center (WCRC) in Snow Hill during standard operating hours.

The WCRC is open Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and closed Saturday and Sunday. Residents are invited to walk on the four-lane competitive track or simply relax on the retractable bleachers, which can comfortably accommodate up to 520 people. For more information, call Recreation and Parks at 410-632-2144.

For library hours of operation, contact the Worcester County Library at (410) 632-2600 or visitwww.worcesterlibrary.org.

Worcester County Emergency Services urges residents to drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and take frequent breaks from stressful activities to avoid becoming dehydrated and overheated, which can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

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