Noon to 10 PM: Excessive Heat Warning in DC
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.