With heat index reaching 100, DC heat emergency plan activated

WASHINGTON — As temperatures surge and the heat index climbs to 100 in and around D.C., the District has activated its heat emergency plan and warned residents of the risks of high heat and humidity.

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Monday’s heat index is expected to hit 100, and temperatures may reach the mid-90s. However, Storm Team4 meteorologist Sheena Parveen said it may feel five to seven degrees hotter due to the hot and humid air being pulled in by a high pressure over the Southeast.

The heat emergency plan is activated in D.C. when the heat index reaches 95 degrees. High heat and humidity can cause heat exhaustion, stroke and other medical problems.

Cooling centers in the District are open for those needing relief.

Some tips to beat the heat:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • Watch for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, such as muscle pain in the legs or abdomen, headache, nausea, weakness, vomiting, seizures and other symptoms.
  • Avoid strenuous work outside between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.;
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
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