Worcester County Public Places to Escape Heat


With temperatures forecast to remain in the mid-90s to 100 degrees and heat indexes around 110 degrees through Saturday, Worcester County Emergency Services officials are urging residents to exercise caution and check on elderly and vulnerable neighbors. Public facilities that are air conditioned and open to the public during normal business hours for those seeking to escape the heat, include:

Commission on Aging

  • The Charles and Martha Fulton Senior Center in Snow Hill,
  • Northern Worcester County Senior Center in Berlin,
  • The Senior Center in Pocomoke

Five branch libraries

  • in Berlin,
  • Ocean City,
  • Ocean Pines,
  • Pocomoke,
  • and Snow Hill – Hours vary by location. Call 410-632-3495 for more information.

You can also escape the heat by heading to Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, where you can walk on the four-lane competitive track or relax on the retractable bleachers.

Additional Information from the Worcester County Government:

Take proper precautions to avoid dehydrating and overheating, which can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Never leave people or pets in parked cars, as temperatures soar inside vehicles. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Avoid high-energy work outdoors during midday heat if possible. Take frequent breaks from stressful activities. 

Heatstroke, characterized by a body temperature greater than 105 degrees, can develop quickly and is often accompanied by dry, red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium and coma. A heatstroke victim should be kept in a cool area, and emergency medical care should be obtained by dialing 911.

Heat exhaustion, a milder form of heatstroke, may include extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, and fainting. Heat exhaustion can be treated by drinking plenty of liquids and resting in a cool, shaded area.

Protect pets from overheating too. Keep pets hydrated and cool indoors or in shady areas with access to water. Limit exercise and play. Keep their paws away from hot pavement. Recognize the symptoms of overheating in pets: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart/respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea, vomit, and an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.