The warm weather continues into day six of the D.C. area's heat wave. Paired with only a slight chance of storms, the forecast makes for good Fourth of July celebrations.
WASHINGTON — To grill or not to grill for the Fourth — that is the question. The answer? Grill away, because the warm weather continues into day six of the D.C. area’s heat wave.
Storm Team 4 meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli says Wednesday’s weather won’t be as bad as Tuesday, which was the hottest day of 2018 so far, but the hot, muggy weather, as well as the low chance for storms, will make for good Fourth of July celebrations.
Tuesday’s temperatures reached an official high of 97 degrees at Reagan National Airport, but Wednesday’s forecast isn’t expected to top that.
Happy Independence Day! Not *quite* as hot today, with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s, and heat indices generally in the 90s to low 100s. In addition to taking precautions for the heat, keep an eye out for a few t-storms in the PM if you will be outdoors celebrating! pic.twitter.com/c9RGJmk0MP
Prinzivalli said the area will see more clouds in the afternoon, but the chance for storms is slight. Storm Team 4 meteorologist Somara Theodore said the areas west of Washington will see most of the rain, and while not everyone will deal with a storm, “those who do are looking at heavy downpours, gusty winds and plenty of lightning.”
“Any storms will contain both lightning and drenching downpours so remember: when thunder roars, head indoors!” Prinzivalli said.
The storms should diminish by 10 p.m., leaving partly cloudy skies and lows in the 70s.
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Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with highs in the low 90s. Isolated thunderstorms are possible.
Thursday: Partly sunny, hot and humid, with a slight chance of isolated storms. Highs in the low 90s.
Friday: Partly sunny, hot and muggy, with showers and storms likely; temperatures in the upper 80s.
Saturday: Becoming mostly sunny, cooler and less humid, with temperatures in the mid-80s.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and comfortably warm, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s.
Beat the heat
Experts warn residents to be “heat smart.” Here are some things you can do to help beat the heat:
Limit strenuous outdoor activities.
Don’t leave kids or pets in a closed car.
Drink more water.
Drink less caffeine and alcohol.
Check on senior friends and neighbors.
Take frequent breaks.
Get medical help if you stop sweating.
Adults should take corrective action, and children should seek help, if they feel nauseous, their face feels like it’s burning or they have muscle cramps.
Make sure outdoor pets have ample shade and water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has specific recommendations for the symptoms of heat exhaustion and the even-more serious heat stroke.
Nausea or vomiting
Cold, pale, clammy skin
“Heat exhaustion is on the milder side; that’s when you first feel that you’re dehydrated, you’re sweating a lot, you’re nauseous,” said Dr. Eric Shobitz, a pediatric emergency doctor at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.
Under those circumstances, you should move to a cooler location, loosen your clothes, lie down, apply wet, cool cloth to as much of your body as possible and sip water. If you continue to vomit, seek medical help right away.