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Hottest Day of the Year: Friday's Temperature Hit 99 Degrees

D.C. declared a heat emergency in anticipation of Friday's high temperatures.

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The D.C. area hit a record high Friday, reaching 99 degrees. The hottest day of the year before now was 96 degrees in late May.

Humidity was dropping by 7 p.m., and a severe thunderstorm watch for some outlying areas of Virginia and Maryland expired at 8 p.m.

D.C. declared a heat emergency in anticipation of Friday's high temperatures.

As a part of the District’s Heat Emergency Plan, cooling centers are available throughout the city where residents can seek relief from the heat.

Extreme heat can be dangerous, and D.C. recommends that people stay indoors, check on neighbors, drink plenty of water and wear loose fitting clothing.

Friday evening there is a 20% chance of a late storm shower but mainly in Southern Maryland.

The weekend forecast shows this will be the start of cooler temperatures through Juneteenth and Father's Day. Saturday and Sunday will both be in the upper 70s, which will be ideal for eating outdoors but a little cool for the beach.

"This weekend, I mean I don't think you could pick better weather," Storm Team4 Meteorologist Amelia Draper said.

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