Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot: Heat Index Approaches 100 Degrees - NBC4 Washington

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot: Heat Index Approaches 100 Degrees



    Locals, Tourists Brave the Heat Wave on the National Mall

    Tourists and locals braved the first heat wave of the year on the National Mall Friday. Several cooling centers are open across the District. But as News4's Mark Segraves reports, not everyone downtown has a choice about being out in the hot weather. (Published Friday, June 12, 2015)

    Grab a fan and some ice! The D.C. area is sizzling Friday as temperatures soar into the mid 90s. 

    A heat advisory went into effect for D.C., Alexandria, Falls Church and Arlington County at noon. 

    The heat index was around 100 degrees by late afternoon.

    Fast-moving storms capable of heavy downpours moved through the area Friday evening.

    Virginia Railway Express put heat restrictions will be in place along the Fredericksburg Line from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., meaning trains operate at reduced speeds.

    The heatwave will continue through Sunday with temperatures in the low-to-mid 90s each day. 

    Here are some ways you can stay cool and prevent heat-related illnesses::

    • If you have to be outside for a lengthy periods of time, don't over exert yourself.
    • Take frequent breaks.
    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, lightly colored clothing.
    • Do not leave children or pets inside vehicles.
    • Check on friends and neighbors and have someone do the same for you.

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