By Carla Branch
Summer arrived officially on Wednesday evening at around 7:00 p.m., but the heat and humidity came first and will remain until at least tomorrow.
The high temperature at Washington Regan National Airport on Wednesday was 97°F and the record high for June 21, is 99°F, set in 1931. The temperature reached 98°F on Thursday, which tied the high, set in 1988. The temperature at 3:00 p.m., was 97°F and the mercury is expected to climb an additional two degrees. That comes close to the record high of 101°F, which was set in 1988. The thunder storms, which are expected to roll through Alexandria this evening could bring damaging winds and heavy rain but will leave behind cooler temperatures and much lower humidity. The heat will return because it is summer in Alexandria.
Beating the Heat
The City of Alexandria opened two outdoor pools this week to help keep residents cool. Construction workers, sanitation workers, road crews and other people whose jobs kept them outdoors, however, had to find other ways to stay cool. Everyone was urged to drink lots of liquids, wear light-colored clothing and take regular breaks.
Healthcare professionals reminded everyone that temperatures in the 90s and heat indexes in the triple digits are particularly dangerous for the very young, the very old and those with certain medical conditions. Pet owners were also reminded to keep animals indoors.
The National Weather Service is predicting a hotter and drier than usual summer for the DC metropolitan area so Alexandrians should enjoy the upcoming break from the heat and get ready for July.