Weather Alert: DC Feels Like Dangerous 104 Degrees - NBC4 Washington

Weather Alert: DC Feels Like Dangerous 104 Degrees

Storm Team4 declared Thursday a Weather Alert Day

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    Storm Team4 has the forecast for July 13, 2017. (Published Thursday, July 13, 2017)

    Blazing sun and oppressive humidity sent the heat index soaring to dangerous levels Thursday, Storm Team4 said. 

    Thursday's high reached the mid-90s. With the humidity, the heat index reached 106 degrees Thursday afternoon. It was 104 in D.C. at 4 p.m.

    "The heat index tells you how it feels outside in the shade," the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says on its website. "The heat index is a measurement of how it feels when relative humidity is combined with the effects of the air temperature."

    Storm Team4 declared Thursday a Weather Alert Day. 

    Maryland Fire Dept. Preps for Scorching Heat

    [DC] Maryland Fire Dept. Preps for Scorching Heat

    Blazing sunshine and oppressive humidity will send the heat index soaring to dangerous levels Thursday, Storm Team4 says. News4's Justin Finch stopped by the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department to see how crews are prepping for the scorching heat. 

    (Published Thursday, July 13, 2017)

    A heat advisory went into effect for the I-95 corridor to the east at noon Thursday, Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said.

    Strong storms are also possible Thursday evening.

    With heat indices this high, you can get a sunburn in just 10 minutes, Storm Team meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

    But there is some good news: The temperature is expected to drop slightly Friday, and fall into the 80s over the weekend. Storm Team4 declared Friday a Weather Alert Day as strong storms are likely.

    Until then, here are some ways to avoid heat-related illnesses:

    • Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks that have a lot of caffeine or large amounts of sugar.
    • Keep cool indoors.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and apply sunscreen.
    • Avoid excessive physical activity, especially midday.
    • Do not keep children or pets in cars.
    • Find more tips here.


     


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