The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous heat outlook for Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia jurisdictions for today, Tuesday, July 11, through the next several days. The hazardous weather outlook also includes the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay, Tidal Potomac River and adjacent counties in central Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.
The forecast includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms beginning this afternoon and continuing through Friday night.
Beat The Heat This Summer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sickness from the heat occurs when your body cannot compensate and properly cool you off. However, heat-related illness and death are preventable.
To stay cool and safe this summer, follow these protective actions:
- Stay in an air-conditioned location as much as possible; resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses. You can take in a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of the Fairfax County Cooling Centers.
- Drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Take several breaks from the heat, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and sunscreen. Remember that you should reapply sunscreen every three to four hours.
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
- Check on friends or neighbors during extremely hot days and have someone do the same for you.
- Never leave children or pets in cars.
Find more information on extreme heat preparedness online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/hazards/extreme-heat.htm and www.ready.gov/heat.
You can also check out an article on the Fire and Rescue blog about knowing the symptoms of heat-related illness.