Dangerous Heat Grips Region With Another Day Near 100 Degrees

    It’s a story that’s become all too familiar as of late: Scorching heat joining forces with a miserably humid air mass, making for a forecast seemingly more well-suited for the deep tropics than the Eastern Seaboard.

    The good news: We’ve almost made it through this. The bad news: We’ve still got to get through one more day of praying the air conditioning doesn’t suddenly give out. But hey, at least it’s National Ice Cream Day!

    Another excessive heat warning has been posted for the entire WTOP listening area, effective from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Actual temperatures could break the 100 degree mark anywhere in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area — but combined with high humidity, heat indexes will hover closer to 110.

    Just like Saturday, isolated thunderstorms could bring frequent lightning and damaging winds this evening — but real relief won’t come until Monday morning into Tuesday, when a cold front will gradually bring temperatures back down into the mid 80s for the rest of the week.

    Five words on Sunday’s atmospheric state of affairs, via NBC Washington meteorologist Somara Theodore: “It is a death trap.” Enough said.

    Remember: Stay hydrated, regularly check on relatives and neighbors — especially children and the elderly — and minimize heat exposure and strenuous outdoor activities whenever possible. If you do have to be outdoors, take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned spaces.

    On Saturday afternoon, a hiker died after being transported from the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland for a medical emergency presumed to be heat-related, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said.

    Ten other people were treated for heat-related issues on Saturday hiking in the vicinity of the Billy Goal Trail — two of whom were also taken to the hospital, but are expected to survive.

    As part of Maryland Matters’ content sharing agreement with WTOP Radio, we feature this article from Alejandro Alvarez. Click here for the WTOP website.

    The Maryland Emergency Management Agency urges residents to practice “heat safety” as temperatures soar. That means drinking lots of water; wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing; limiting outdoor activities; working outside early or very late in the day; and staying cool. No air-conditioning? Click here for cooling center contact information all around the state.

     

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