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.