WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — With temperatures expected to flirt with the 100-degree mark, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the capital region from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

DC is bracing for a scorching heat wave that will run through Friday, before yielding to much more palatable temperatures in the mid-80’s this weekend.

The DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency sent out the following tips for residents to follow during the blistering temperatures.

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Limit exposure to the sun, especially between 10 AM and 3 PM when it is strongest
  • Watch for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Visit one of the District’s “Cooling Centers” located throughout the city, if you do not have access to a cool-temperature location.
  • DO NOT EVER leave children or pets in vehicles.
  • Drink plenty of water. Do not drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
  • People with respiratory problems, or illnesses should please stay indoors.

Safety officials are also urging people to regularly check on:

  • Infants and young children
  • People aged 65 or older
  • People who have a mental illness
  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

Pepco is urging its customers to conserve energy wherever possible during the heatwave.

The power company says it believes there is adequate power supply to meet anticipated high demand, but cautions the heat can also stress electric system equipment.

Pepco is preparing staff to be able to quickly address any equipment issues that may arise.

Visit the CBS DC weather page to see the full forecast.


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