That means air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups including children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases and the elderly.
Several cities and towns in the D.C. area have plans to deal with heat emergencies, such as opening cooling centers in public spaces. You can find a list of cooling centers here.
Temperatures this hot are more than just unpleasant, they’re potentially dangerous.
Experts warn residents to be “heat smart.” Some things you can do to help beat the heat are:
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
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.
Body temperature above 103 degrees
Hot, red, dry or moist skin
Fast and strong pulse
If you’re looking for relief, you might be waiting awhile.
“Temperatures on Sunday and Monday will be right around 100 degrees with the feel-like factor at 105,” said Storm Team 4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.
Temperatures will stay in the mid-90s on Tuesday and Wednesday with a heat index in the upper 90s.
Ricketts said things won’t start to cool down until next Sunday and Monday, even then temperatures will still be in the 80s.
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