Updated 4:10 p.m. 7/20/2015
WASHINGTON – Between the heat, humidity and poor air quality, Monday will be a rough day to be outside.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of the D.C. region from noon to 8 p.m. In D.C., the high temperature is expected to hit 96 degrees Monday afternoon, but the heat index could reach 109 degrees, making it dangerously hot outside.
A Code Orange Air Quality Alert has also been issued for Monday meaning that air pollution levels could be me unhealthy for some groups. Children, people with heart disease, asthma patients and those with other lung conditions should minimize time spent outdoors.
To beat the heat and pollution, limit time spent outdoors, hydrate and keep in mind children, the elderly and pets, all of whom are especially susceptible to the heat.
A few scattered thunderstorms are also possible this evening.
Despite the intense heat, no records are expected to be reached today (the record high of 106 degrees in D.C. has stood since 1930) and Sunday's high of 98 also did not break the record of 102 degrees.
Expect a sticky start Tuesday. The heat will return, but will be less extreme. Expect highs in the lower 90s and the heat index values Tuesday afternoon will come down to around 100.
Showers and thunderstorms are also possible Tuesday. The best chance of storms will come after 3 p.m.
The oppressive heat will break Wednesday when the humidity is expected to drop along with temperatures. Highs will be in the upper 80s.
Cooling centers in D.C.
When the heat index reaches 95 degrees, D.C.’s Heat Emergency Plan is activated.
The city provides several cooling centers, spray parks and pools to help you beat the heat.
Click here for more information about D.C. cooling centers.
Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, and you can cool off by checking out some freebies offered at area ice cream shops.
Taking in enough fluids is paramount. And if you plan on exercising in high temperatures for a while -- say, going for a long run – it’s a good idea to take salt tablets to replenish some of the
electrolytes lost in sweat,
t's also important to lower your expectations and adjust the intensity of your work
out on hot, humid days.
Lee Firestone, a marathon coach with the Montgomery County Road Runners says:
"It is smart to slow down your pace anywhere from 15 to 20 seconds a mile in warm weather."
He also says what you wear matters. Cotton tends to hold on to sweat, while technical gear lets it evaporate.
And the time of day can make a big difference. Experienced runners are likely
to be out early in the morning on steamy days. That's especially important when the air is foul.
Firestone says on a Code Orange day, its best to head out by sunrise, or find a treadmill
to train inside.
Power outages leave residents without A.C. on hot day in the D.C. region
WASHINGTON -- As of early Monday morning, power is mostly restored for Pepco customers after outages on Sunday.
At one point, several thousand customers were out of power, mostly in Northeast and Northwest Washington.
Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey says a tree limb on wires caused customers to lose power in Northwest and into parts of Silver Spring, Maryland.
In Northeast, an underground issue caused an outage, and crews were working into the night to get power restored.
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