LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – The Emergency Management Agency in D.C. has declared a heat emergency and is offering tips to help you stay cool.

Robyn Johnson, a spokesperson for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, says infants, the elderly and people who work outside are at greatest risk for suffering from heat exhaustion.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include confusion, dizziness, fatigue, headache and nausea. If you believe that you are suffering from heat exhaustion, Johnson advises going somewhere cool and slowly drinking water.

Other tips to cool off include:

  • Wearing loose fitting clothing
  • Covering as many parts of the body as possible
  • Staying inside or in the shade
  • Keeping hydrated

A Code Orange Air Quality Alert has been issued for the D.C.-Baltimore region. Code Orange means air-pollution concentrations may be unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, the elderly and those who suffer from asthma.

The worst of the heatwave is expected Wednesday, when temperatures will hit close to 100 degrees.

The heat and humidity will stay with us through the end of the week with highs in the low-90s Thursday and Friday.

Summer officially begins on Saturday.

Find out where the District’s cooling centers are located.

Check Full Forecast

WNEW’s Violet Ikonomova contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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