Editor's Note: Go here for the latest forecast on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
Thunderstorms are moving through parts of the D.C. area after a day of extremely hot weather.
A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of D.C. and the suburbs until 1:15 a.m.
A heat advisory was in effect for much of the D.C. area most of the day. High temperatures were in the mid-90s, but humidity made it feel much hotter.
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An apparent lightning strike critically injured four people near the White House Thursday evening.
Friday will be a few degrees cooler — with a high of about 92° — but be prepared for another round of afternoon storms.
Latest weather forecast, live radar and weather maps for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
Heat Safety Tips
Intense heat can quickly become dangerous. Keep an eye on vulnerable groups including newborns, infants, children and the elderly.
“Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year,” the National Weather Service says.
To stay safe in the heat, stay hydrated and opt for water and sports drinks over sugary beverages. Take shade breaks. Know the signs of heat-related illness. Avoid strenuous outdoor activities, or move them to the cooler morning hours.
Never leave a pet or kids alone in a parked car. Temperatures in cars can rise to lethal levels within minutes, even with the windows cracked, according to KidsandCars.org.
Wearing loose, light-colored clothing can also help you stay cool.
D.C. says it declares a heat emergency when temperatures or the heat index reach 95°. Cooling centers open during a heat emergency, here's how to find a cooling center plus free transport.
Spray parks and public pools are another way to cool down. Pools and spray parks are open throughout the region.