Record Heat Possible For Wednesday
Plus, local activities to help beat the heat
Temperatures in Huntington-Belle Haven will continue to climb through the 90s and may hit 100 by the end of this week, according to local weather forecasters. High humidity may make the outside temperature seem even hotter.
Wednesday’s temperatures will be in the low- to mid-90s, but it will feel close to 100 by late afternoon.
The metro area could see record-breaking heat on Thursday and Friday, as temperatures climb up above 95 with high humidity. The record high temperature for Thursday is 104 degrees and for Friday is 103 degree —both set in 1926 near what is now Reagan National Airport. Temperatures those days were 101 degrees in 1991 and 98 degrees in 1998 at Dulles International Airport.
Temperatures will cool back into the lower 90s for Saturday and Sunday.
The overnight hours will only bring limited relief, with temperatures between 75 and 80 Wednesday through Saturday nights.
Through Tuesday, temperatures in the Washington metro area soared to 90 degrees or higher on 13 days in July and nine days in June.
Where to Stay Cool in Town
- Huntington Community Center: Check out the RecQuest Summer Program at 9 a.m. or the Teen Program at 3 p.m.
- Martha Washington Library: Ongoing book sale. The library opens at 10 a.m. and closes 6 p.m.
- Mount Vernon RECenter: Beat the heat with the indoor fitness center, swimming pool or ice skating rink
“There is plenty residents can do to stay cool, such as visiting a local library, taking in a movie, strolling through a shopping center, or visiting a community recreation center or senior center that is air-conditioned,” Merni Fitzgerald, Fairfax County government director of public affairs, wrote in an email to Patch. “Fairfax County has many air-conditioned facilities where residents can conduct county business, get educated or be entertained. Resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses.”
Certain people are more susceptible to heat-related illness, including the elderly, young children and people who are sick or disabled. These groups should take special precautions when the mercury rises.
Older adults, however, may ignore heat warnings because they don’t consider themselves old, according to recent reports from MSNBC.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, try to stay on the lowest floor of a building and stay out of the sun.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated—a key component to keeping yourself cool.
- Dress in light colored, lightweight clothes.
- Try to spend the hottest part of the day in an air-conditioned location, such as your local library, movie theater or mall.
Speaking of movie theaters: The crowds are a little smaller for local showings of the summer blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” Showtimes for Harry Potter and other movies at the Regal Kingstowne 16, the AMC Hoffman 22 in Alexandria and the Regal Potomac Yard 16 are available online.
Both Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria offer cooling assistance programs designed to help residents with electric bills and the purchase of air conditioners and fans.
Fairfax County residents may go here for more information. Alexandria City residents may call 703.746.5918 to get more information on the City’s Fan Care program or visit the Virginia Department of Social Services Energy Assistance Program website.
Keeping Pets Cool
Pets should not be left outside on very hot, humid days. Even with shade and water, pets, like people, can overheat.