Friday August 26 – Today may add support to the argument of pushing school opening until after Labor Day, but we can’t always rely on the calendar for the heat. What is already in place and building is an uncomfortable air mass due to high humidity. The dew points are in the 70s and the Heat Index will reach 100°F this afternoon. So thanks to a new policy, 37 schools in Baltimore County without air conditioning will closed. It’s a new policy that allows the announcement the night before a day expected to reach 90°F.
I’ve been in many of those older schools, and they bake! They hold heat from the day before and with poor circulation, it gets very uncomfortable in a hurry. It will be uncomfortable for most of us later today as the Heat Index will be oppressive making it feel like 100°F this afternoon. But this should just be for one day.