Heat Warning Til 9 p.m. Tonight

An excessive heat warning remains in effect for Fairfax County until 9 p.m. this evening, Friday, June 29. An excessive heat watch remains in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening.

Heat index values will be between 110 and 115 degrees this afternoon; up to 110 degrees again on Saturday afternoon. Temperatures this afternoon and again Saturday afternoon will be around 100

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur.

An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. There is a risk of heat exhaustion or other heat-related illness for those without air-conditioning or those spending time outdoors for an extended period.

Residents are encouraged to:

• Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
• Do not leave children or pets inside cars.
• Stay in an air-conditioned room.
• Stay out of the sun.
• Check in on relatives and neighbors.
• Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening and schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments
• Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 9-1-1 if anyone you know exhibits signs of heat illness.

Find the Fairfax County weather forecast at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/weather.htm

More summer safety tips: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/summer/

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