The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the entire Washington, DC metropolitan region, including the City of Alexandria, beginning on Friday morning. Excessive heat could last through July 5. On Friday, temperatures are expected to reach near 100 degrees. The hot temperatures, combined with high humidity, will cause heat indices to approach 110 degrees.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat-related illnesses can occur. Children, the elderly, and people with chronic ailments are usually the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion, cramps, or in extreme cases, heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions.
During extended heat waves, people are advised to:
- stay indoors and limit exposure to the sun;
- drink plenty of water;
- wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing;
- check on neighbors that may be at risk or do not have access to air conditioning; and
- keep children and pets indoors.
A number of air-conditioned City facilities are available. Most City recreation centers are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on their locations, visit alexandriava.gov/RecreationCenters. All City libraries are open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a complete listing of City libraries, visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us.
The City’s Old Town (1609 Cameron St.) and Warwick (3301 Landover St.) swimming pools provide relief from the effects of excessive heat. For more information about these and other City pools, visit alexandriava.gov/Pools.
For more information on remaining healthy in the heat, visit alexandriava.gov/Health.