Severna Park Area in For Two 'Code Red' Days in a Row
With the heat index nearing triple digits, we've found a few ways to keep cool.
The Maryland Department of the Environment and the National Weather Service have issued a Code Red air quality alert for Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90s both days.
A Code Red alert means air pollution concentrations within the region are unhealthful. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in mid-day (including exercise). Do your lawn mowing and jogging in the morning or evening hours when temperatures have settled down.
Please remember to check in on neighbors, especially the elderly and infirm, who may have a more difficult time dealing with a triple digit heat index.
For those age 55 and over, you can find a comfortable air-conditioned atmosphere (and maybe some new friends) at the Arnold Senior Center, open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For families, the Severna Park Library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Summer Reading Club runs until July 30. There are also special events and performances this month.
For those who don't mind a bit of a drive, cool off at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. General admission is $18 ($16 for under 48 inches tall) during the day. But those in the know head down for twilight rates in affect from 4 to 7 p.m. when admission is $8 ($7 for those under 48 inches tall). Directions and information can be found here.
Sandy Point State Park offers a Chesapeake Bay-front sandy beach for cooling off. The 786-acre park has a playground, boat rentals, hiking trails and a snack shack. For information on the park, visit the Broadneck Patch website here.
For cool refreshments not far from home, there's always Rita's Italian Ice, MaggieMoo Ice Cream, Tasti D lite, Baskin Robbins and Annette's Cakery. Of course, a visit to an air-conditioned restaurant in Severna Park to stay cool while supporting local merchants.
*Editor's Note: This article was changed to reflect the addition of Annette's Cakery.