The recent heat wave has claimed two more people, bringing the total deaths in the state to five, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Both were seniors, one from Cecil County and the other from Prince George's County.
Previous deaths were in Baltimore and Montgomery counties. All had underlying conditions and were found indoors without air conditioning, except the Cecil resident who collapsed outdoors.
State officials reminded residents to take precautions against the heat such as drinking plenty of fluids, wearing loose-fitting clothing, staying in the shade or air conditioning and checking on neighbors who may need assistance.
In 2009, there were six heat-related deaths, down from 17 the year before.
The next few days are expected to be in the low 80s, with temperatures returning to the 90s over the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Please remember to keep your pets cool and check on the elderly.