The NWS predicts Northern Virginia will see temperatures soar into the mid-90s by Wednesday. The Capital Weather Gang says to prepare for "the hottest weather since last July."
Starting today (Monday), Northern Virginia will see temperatures hit either close to the 90 degree mark or pass it. Wednesday is expected to be the worst of it, with temperatures feeling like 100 degrees due to high humidity.
With the hot temperatures, be on the lookout this week for a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoons and evenings, the NWS says.
You can cool off by hitting the local swimming pools; just check online under your city or county's parks and recreation department Web site for pool hours and locations.
Feel like you're going to wilt? Be careful. Heat exhaustion is a milder form of illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures or not drinking enough fluids. According to the CDC, symptoms vary, but may include:
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle Cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin: may be cool and moist
- Pulse rate: fast and weak
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. According to the CDC, symptoms vary but include:
- An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
- Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
If you need to find a place to cool off, try the nearest indoor shopping mall or a local library.
If you or someone you know needs assistance keeping cool at home, here are a few options:
- In Fairfax County, apply for programs that help with fans and air-conditioning.
- In Arlington County, check out their cooling assistance program.
- In Alexandria, visit the Virginia Energy Assistance Program.
- In Prince William County, apply for cooling assistance through Virginia CommonHelp.
- In Loudoun County, cooling assistance is available for senior citizens.
- In Fredericksburg, information on cooling assistance is available.
Here are tips from the Humane Society on keeping your pets cool in warm temperatures.