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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the D.C. region from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m this evening. The hot weather will continue through the weekend, with temperatures nearing 100 degrees and heat indices reaching 110 or 115.
We’ll give a brief update on how local jurisdictions are helping residents handle the heat. You can find a list of regional resources below.
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KOJO NNAMDIYou're tuned in to the Kojo Nnamdi Show on the WAMU 88.5. Welcome. In a minutes we'll be talking about the D.C. music scene. But first a quick update on the heat we're experiencing and the local resources you might want to know about. We've also got links to these resources at our website kojoshow.org.
KOJO NNAMDIThe National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the D.C. area today until 8:00 p.m. and high temperatures up to 100 degrees are expected through the weekend with the heat index reaching 110. In D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has activated the District's Heat Emergency Plan. Some outdoor pools and splash parks will stay open until 9:00 p.m. through this Sunday July 21. D.C. also has cooling centers around the District that are open until about 6:00 p.m. We've linked a list of pools and cooling centers on our website.
KOJO NNAMDIIf you're experiencing homelessness or if you see someone experiencing homelessness, you can request a ride from the District to get to one of these cooling centers. You could also do that by calling the Hyperthermia Hotline at 202-399-7093. People are also concerned about elderly residents. If you see a neighbor in need of help you could also call 311 or if it's an emergency 911.
KOJO NNAMDIIn Prince George's County the Department of Parks and Recreation keeps cooling areas open whenever temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher. Nineteen different community and senior activity centers will remain open. You can find a link to those centers at our website kojoshow.org.
KOJO NNAMDIMontgomery County residents needing relief from the heat can visit county facilities like public libraries, swimming pools and senior centers during business hours. And yesterday Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker introduced a bill that would require that landlords provide air conditioning in all rental units during the summer months. Of course, this bill is still in its early stages and won't go into effect any time soon.
KOJO NNAMDIThe City of Alexandria is recommending that residents cool off at any city library, recreation center, and pools. These are open during regular business hours.
NNAMDIArlington County has opened up overflow space at its homeless services center located at 2020 A 14th Street North in the Court House area. Additional sleeping space will be available through Sunday night. And Arlington Fire Department is advising people to seek out AC in libraries and malls. Fairfax and Arlington buses will allow water bottles onboard so passengers can stay hydrated.
NNAMDIAgain, be sure to check in on your friends and neighbors especially those who are elderly or experiencing homelessness. Drink plenty of water. Stay out of the sun when possible especially during midday hours. Don't leave infants, children, or pets in parked cars. For more tips on handling the heat and to find out what resources your jurisdiction is providing please visit our website kojoshow.org.
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