WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — An intense heat wave is making its way across the mid-Atlantic region, and officials are warning residents and visitors to remain cool and hydrated.

Emergency officials say people should limit time outdoors if possible as the temperature rises from late morning Wednesday to the afternoon.

Residents are also encouraged to drink fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms and avoid outdoor work.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory and says temperatures will be in the middle to upper 90s.

By 10 a.m. the temperature at Dulles International Airport outside Washington was 85 degrees. Some city residents walking to work were carrying water bottles and others were altering their schedules to avoid being outside during peak heat times.

The temperature in the District of Columbia will hover in the low 90’s all day Wednesday, although it will feel closer to the high 90’s. With a little break as the clouds roll in Wednesday evening, the heat is expected to rise tremendously Thursday, with a predicted peak of 97 degrees.

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