WASHINGTON – Moisture and unusually high temperatures will combine into a sultry start of the week in the DC area. A heat recommendation was issued on Tuesday afternoon for the D.C.
Although July is the warmest month of the D.C. is the summer heat does not limit to the September. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week could be like one of the hottest days the region has seen this year.
Heat indexes – a measure of how hot it really feels when moisture is combined with actual air temperature – are expected to rise over 100 degrees Monday through Thursday in Baltimore, DC, and most of Maryland and Virginia east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the Eastern Shore. On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service gave a heat consultation to most of the DC area from northeast Virginia through Baltimore from noon to 8 pm High temperatures and humidity on Tuesday afternoon in parts of the region feels like 1
According to the National Weather Service, a heat index around or above one hundred is considered dangerous, with a significant likelihood of heat sickness without proper care to limit exposure.
Heat Advisory in operation from noon to 8 pm today for areas in Orange. Heat index values above these ranges are expected to be between 100 and 105 degrees. Stay hydrated and limit outdoor activities. For more information about heat safety, visit: https://t.co/OFXQvQ34GZ pic.twitter.com/NO1vmcqOdH
– NWS DC / Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) August 28, 2018  In addition, there was an orange air quality warning for the DC Greater Area, which means that "air pollution levels in the area can become unhealthy for sensitive groups," including children, the elderly, and people with respiratory illnesses.
A hot air conveyor will lift the eastern half of the country by up to 15 degrees above normal temperatures for this time of the year.
"The high pressure is concentrated on the Carolinas and will stay there pretty much the whole week," said NBC Washington meteorologist Sheena Parveen. "This will give us a southwesterly windstream that brings hot and humid air every day."
Recommended precautions: Drink plenty of water, avoid outdoor activities such as sports and gardening, and wear light-colored clothing hat and sunscreen
"To reduce the risk of working outdoors, the labor protection agency recommends frequent rest periods in shady or air-conditioned environments, "said the National Weather Service. "Everyone who is overwhelmed by heat should be taken to a cool and shady place Heat stroke is an emergency call – Call 911."
Read more Heat Safety Tips from the National Meteorological Service.
Relief could not come until Thursday night, when a series of thunderstorms could eventually bring temperatures back to the mid-80s on time for the weekend – though a sticky air mass will remain.
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