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Temps to Hit the 90s in DC Area

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Stay hydrated this weekend in the D.C. area. Friday was the hottest day of the year so far and Saturday and Sunday will be hotter.

D.C. residents can find their closest cooling center via this interactive map

High temperatures are likely to soar into the 90s for the first time this year in the Washington, D.C., area, and the hot weather is coming with some chances for storms.

Temps could exceed 90° Saturday and Sunday — which is uncommon for May. Saturday could see record-breaking heat.

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DC Heat Emergency Activated

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a heat emergency for Friday until 6 p.m., and for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During a heat emergency activation, residents are urged to stay cool, check on seniors and other vulnerable neighbors, and to call the shelter hotline (202-399-7093) for those who need free transportation to a cooling center.

The abrupt rise in temperatures brings a higher risk of heat-related illness, the National Weather Service says.

Be safe in the heat by drinking plenty of water, taking breaks and avoiding sun exposure. Watch out for children, pets and older people in the heat.

Major League Soccer and D.C. United pushed back the home match at Audi Field on Saturday due to the forecast. They cited a desire to "prioritize the health and safety of players and fans."

Some Spray Parks Open Early in DC

Select spray parks in the District will open Saturday at 10 a.m. to help people cope with the heat. The spray parks will be open this Saturday and Sunday 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. They'll be closed next Monday through Friday for final summer preparations before they reopen Saturday, May 28. 

The following spray parks will be open this weekend: 

Ward 1:

  • Harrison Recreation Center, 1330 V St. NW
  • Park at LeDroit, 319 Oakdale Place NW
  • Westminster Playground, 911 Westminster St. NW

Ward 2:

  • Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th St. NW

Ward 3:

  • Chevy Chase Recreation Center, 5500 41st St. NW
  • Friendship Recreation Center, 4500 Van Ness St. NW
  • Macomb Recreation Center, 3409 Macomb St. NW

Ward 4:

  • Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center, 501 Riggs Road NE
  • Takoma Community Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW

Ward 5:

  • Edgewood Recreation Center, 301 Franklin St. NE
  • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE

Ward 6:

  • Eastern Market Metro Park, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
  • Potomac Avenue Triangle Park, 1216 Potomac Ave. SE
  • Watkins Spray Park, 420 12th St. SE

Ward 7:

  • Fort Davis Spray Park, 1400 41st St. SE
  • Marvin Gaye Park at Division Ave, Division & Foote St. NE 

Ward 8:

  • Fort Greble Recreation Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Ave and Elmira St. SW

The following D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation indoor pools also will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Marie Reed Aquatic Center, 2200 Champlain St. NW
  • Wilson Aquatic Center, 4551 Fort Drive NW
  • Turkey Thicket Aquatic Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE
  • William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center, 635 North Carolina Ave. SE
  • Deanwood Aquatic Center, 1350 49th St. NE
  • Barry Farm Aquatic Center, 1230 Sumner Road SE

Weekend Forecast: Heat Wave With Sunday Storm Chances

Saturday will be the hottest day of the weekend. Highs around 96° could break a record, Storm Team4 said.

Sunday’s highs are set to reach 91°, and there’s a 60% chance for storms, especially in the afternoon and evening. Some storms could have heavy rain and gusty wind.

10-Day Forecast for Washington, D.C., Area

Relief from the heat will arrive on Monday. Expect highs in the 70s through Wednesday. It could reach 80° Thursday.

The early outlook on Memorial Day weekend weather is pretty good, with lows in the 60s and highs in the mid- to upper 70s. Storm Team4 is tracking a rain chance next Saturday.

Stay with Storm Team4 for the latest forecast. Download the NBC Washington app on iOS and Android to get severe weather alerts on your phone.

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