BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Extreme heat expected this weekend is prompting a number of event cancellations.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore is excusing Catholics concerned about the heat from attending weekend church services, citing church law that allows people to miss service due to a "grave cause."
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Some churches will continue to live stream their services online.
The Maryland Jockey Club canceled its live races at Laurel Park for both Saturday and Sunday, citing excessive heat. Simulcasting and LARC wagering will remain available.
The Howard County Police Community Athletic Program scheduled for Friday has been canceled.
Several other events and businesses are closed:
- Due to excessive heat in the forecast for the weekend, Open Cockpit Day scheduled at the Glenn L Martin Maryland Aviation Museum at Martin State Airport in Middle River, MD on July 20 has been canceled. The Museum's Flea Market will be held as scheduled 8am to 1pm. The Museum will be open for visitors to explore the exhibits in the air-conditioned galleries.
- The Maryland Book Bank will be closed tomorrow Saturday, May 20th due to extreme temperatures.
Baltimore health officials extended a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for the city until Monday. Temperatures are expected to break 100 degrees, while heat index values, a measure of how warm it feels, could reach 110 degrees.
Baltimore is still under a Code Red heat alert until Sunday.
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