What to Know
- The temperature soared to 90 degrees by mid-afternoon Thursday, and the rest of the week will be even hotter.
- The region is sweltering under a combination of heat and humidity, with a heat index near 100 degrees expected (again).
- If you're able to, stay inside in air-conditioned buildings. If you have to go outside, try to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water.
The D.C. area's steamy summer weather is here to stay for awhile.
The region is sweltering again Thursday as the heat index reaches 100 degrees.
By the start of the workday, the temperature had already soared to 86 degrees, and hit 90 by mid-afternoon.
The rest of the week will be even hotter. Friday is expected to have a high of 97 degrees. Saturday will likely reach 95 degrees, but Sunday will "only" be about 90, and less humid.
Tourists on the National Mall suffered through the scorcher with cold drinks and sought shade when they were able to.
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"I threw water over me," said one woman.
Another visitor dreamed up a creative solution: "I'd love a baby pool filled with ice," he said.
In Arlington, Sgt. Bryan Morrison of the Arlington County Police Department said the layers he must wear makes him feel even warmer.
"I'm sweating right now just talking!" he said. "It's pretty miserable out here right now. Very humid, very hot; it's really hard to get a break."
If you're able to, stay inside in air-conditioned buildings. If you have to go outside, try to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water. (Click here for more tips on staying cool.)
Anyone who doesn't have air-conditioning is encouraged to visit a D.C. recreation facility, senior center or other building. You can find a list of cooling centers here or by calling 311.