Heat Forces Metro Trains to Limit Speeds to 35 MPH

WASHINGTON — Metro says high temperatures have forced it to limits the speeds of aboveground trains to 35 mph.

Officials issued the order Monday afternoon, as temperatures soared into the mid-90s. The agency says system-wide delays were possible.

The Washington Post reports that excessive temperatures can cause heat kinks, in which steels rails expand and possibly buckle, creating a risk for derailment.

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