BALTIMORE (WBOC/AP)- Public health officials say Maryland's first heat-related death for 2013 has been confirmed.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Wednesday that the victim was a Howard County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who had underlying health conditions.
Last year, there were 46 confirmed heat-related deaths from May through September in Maryland.
"As we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, Marylanders should remember that extreme heat can be dangerous, and even deadly," said DHMH Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Herrera. "With high temperatures expected throughout the weekend, people need to take steps to stay cool."
For tips and reports on heat, visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/extremeheat/SitePages/Home.aspx.