WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A strong heat wave is bringing the hottest temperatures of the summer to the Washington area this week.
Temperatures are expected to be above 90 degrees throughout the week and the heavy humidity is likely to make it feel closer to triple digits.
The National Weather Service reported at noon Monday that the temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 96 degrees. A hyperthermia alert has been issued and the weather service warns that heat indices will be around 100 degrees for a few hours this afternoon.
Monday’s forecast is the coolest of the week, with high temperatures reaching the mid 90s. It will be mostly sunny and muggy making it feel closer to 100. Lows Monday night will drop down to the upper 70s but the mugginess will stay.
Highs the rest of the week will climb into the upper 90s and the heat index will be above 100 degrees. The weather service says heat indices are expected to exceed 100 degrees each afternoon Tuesday through Friday.
Heat advisories may be required for the D.C. area the rest of the week, according to the weather service.
The heat will be oppressive and dangerous to people who don’t stay hydrated. Wearing light clothing and staying indoors as much as possible will help keep cool.
It’s also important to check on pets and elderly people.