Hours Extended Again at D.C. Pools

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010  |  Updated 8:16 AM EDT
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Hours Extended Again at D.C. Pools

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Are you just a tad sick of the sweltering heat? Well, gosh, we couldn't possibly imagine why.

Oh, wait. Yes, we can.

Yesterday marked the 50th day this summer that temperatures were above 90 degrees -- and today is expected to be Day 51. Temperatures should be well above average today, reaching the mid-90s, with high humidity and a heat index of around 100 degrees.

The D.C. Department of Recreation extended hours at many of the city's pools yesterday, and will again today. Pools will open at 11 a.m., two hours earlier than usual. Some pools will also close later.

The pools with extended hours include:

Anacostia -- 1800 Anacostia Drive S.E., (202) 724-1441
Banneker -- 2500 Georgia Ave. N.W., (202) 673-2121
Benning Park -- Southern Avenue and Fable Street S.E., (202) 645- 5044
Douglass -- Frederick Douglass Court and Stanton Terrace S.E., (202) 645-5045
Fort Dupont -- Ridge Road and Burns Street S.E., (202) 645-5046
Fort Stanton -- 1800 Erie St. S.E., (202) 645- 5047
Harry Thomas Sr. -- 1743 Lincoln Road, N.E., (202) 541-7499
Oxon Run: -- 4th Street and Mississippi Ave., S.E., (202) 645-5042
Theodore R. Hagans Jr. -- 3201 Fort Lincoln Drive N.E., (202) 576-6389
Volta Park (formerly Georgetown) -- 3400 Volta Place N.W., (202) 282-0381

Tomorrow should offer a break in this summer's third major heat wave, with temperatures in the upper 80s -- although the humidity is expected to stick around for at least several more days, said NBC4 meteorologist Tom Kierein.

The area's also in a drought, with rainfall about 4.5 inches below average at National Airport. Some much-needed rain might fall Thursday and Friday.


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