The National Weather Service forecast indicates that hot and humid weather will continue across the Washington D.C. metropolitan area this weekend through Tuesday, July 2. These extreme temperatures, combined with high humidity, can be dangerous and even life-threatening without proper precautions.
Alexandria Health Department urges the public to exercise caution in this heat. Such temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses. Children, the elderly, and people with chronic conditions 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 temperatures.
Tips for keeping cool:
- Stay hydrated: drink 2-4 glasses of cool fluids each hour. Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, too.
- Stay indoors. If you must go outside, stay in the shade and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Do not leave infants, children, people with fragile medical conditions or pets in a parked car.
- Check on family members, neighbors and friends who may be at risk or do not have access to air conditioning.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day and/or take frequent breaks.
- Visit the City’s air-conditioned facilities, including our recreation centers (alexandriava.gov/RecreationCenters) and libraries (www.alexandria.lib.va.us). Or take a dip in a City pool (alexandriava.gov/Pools).
- Prepare yourself and your family by going through the full Extreme Heat Safety Guide.
- Summer heat can bring storms and power outages. If your power goes out, contact Dominion Virginia Power at 1.866.366.4357 or visit www.dom.com to report the outage.
Access to Free Tap Water
Do you live in the DMV and need access to free tap water in this extreme heat? Bring your reuseable water bottle to over 500 locations across the Washington Metropolitan area for free tap water.