Get the weather forecast from Storm4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer.
We warned you Wednesday would be a hot one. We're warning you Thursday will be, too.
Temperatures approached the June 20 record of 99 degrees today -- falling one degree short.
A Hyperthermia Alert was activated at 10 a.m. due to extreme temperatures. It will be in effect again Thursday until 10 p.m.
As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, about 2,000 customers were without power in the Holbrook Terrace NE area, and Pepco believed heat was a contributing factor to the feeder line failure that caused it. In anticipation of the heat wave, Pepco increased crews.
In the event of extreme heat, you should take the following precautions:
The air quality was at Code Orange Wednesday, so those with respiratory issues and the elderly were advised to stay indoors.
Thursday will see more of the same, with the June 21 record of 98 degrees in jeopardy, but the high pressure system won't be ushering a lengthy heat wave. With the humidity, the heat index will be 100-105 degrees.
The extreme heat temps should break in time for the weekend, though we can still expect highs in the upper 80s.
In the meantime, don't forget about your pets: Bring them in from outside, and keep plenty of water available. And check in on children and the elderly. Kierein adds that we're more susceptible to heat-related illnesses because we're just not acclimated to the heat yet.
It's only a matter of time before that happens, though.
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