The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Warning for DC, running from noon to 10 pm in DC. With the heat index expected to hit 103°F, the heat index could go as hight as 110°F. (Sign up for alerts from the DC Government at Alert DC; text or email message options.)
In response to the heat warning, the DC Government is activating a Cooling Center at the Reeves Center at 2000 14th Street NW from noon to 6 pm. The following tips are from the DC Government:
- Keep cool – Spend as much time as you can in cooler surroundings.
- Use an air-conditioner or fan – Air conditioning can provide life saving relief from heat stress.
- Baths and showers – Cool baths or showers (with water temperature around 75° F).
- Clothing – Wear as little as possible when you are home. Lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing is more comfortable in hot weather.
- Drink often – In hot weather, your body needs more water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty, because your body needs more fluid than thirst will indicate.
- Slow down – Take it easy, especially at the start of hot weather when your body is less prepared for the heat. Physical activity produces body heat.
- Watch what you eat and monitor salt intake – Avoid hot foods and heavy meals.
- Avoid alcohol – Alcohol interferes with your body’s fight against heat stress. It can put a strain on your heart.
- Apply sunscreen to your skin before going out in the sun.