Excessive Heat Watch Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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News release from Fairfax Emergency Services

The National Weather Service has issued three separate Excessive Heat Watches for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All three begin in the morning each day and expire in the evening.

An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures is possible. You should prepare for extreme temperatures and high humidity, which would create a situation in which heat illnesses are expected.

Heat index values could potentially rise to 110 to 115 degrees each day with temperatures in the middle 90s to around 100 degrees and dewpoints in the lower to middle 70s.

With these high temperature and heat index, there is an increased risk of heat-related illness for those without air-conditioning or those outdoors for an extended period. During extremely hot days, there is plenty that you can do to stay cool, like go to a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of Fairfax County’s Cooling Centers:

Please check the operating hours to ensure the facility is open before arriving. Remember — resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses.

D.C. Heat Emergency

In D.C., Mayor Bowser has activated the District’s Heat Emergency Plan, which will remain active until Monday, July 22, at 9 am. The Mayor also extended service hours for low-barrier shelters and select Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)-operated outdoor pools and splash parks through Sunday, July 21.

For information about services provided during an Extreme Heat Warning, go to heat.dc.gov or call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center by dialing 311. Residents can register to receive Heat Emergency alerts on their devices at alertdc.dc.gov.

DPR Pools

Due to the intense heat this week, Mayor Bowser has extended hours for select outdoor pools and splash parks until 9 pm through Sunday, July 21. The Mayor also announced that these pools will open an hour early at 10 am on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. All other pools will follow normal operating hours. For more information on daily pool operating schedules, please visit dpr.dc.gov/page/outdoor-pools.

Ward 1:

Banneker (2500 Georgia Avenue, NW)

Ward 2:

Francis (2435 N Street, NW)
Jelleff (3265 S Street, NW)

Ward 3:

Friendship Recreation “Turtle Park” Center Splash Park (4500 Van Ness Street, NW)

Ward 4:

Upshur (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW)

Ward 5:

Harry Thomas (1743 Lincoln Road, NE)
Langdon Park (2860 Mills Avenue, NE)

Ward 6:

Rosedale (1701 Gales Street, NE)

Ward 7:

Kenilworth (4321 Ord Street, NE)

Ward 8:

Fort Stanton (1800 Erie Street, SE)
Oxon Run (501 Mississippi Avenue, SE)

Cooling Centers:

Cooling Centers are activated in publicly accessible government facilities, homeless shelters, and senior citizen wellness centers, and remain open until 6 pm or until it has been deemed safe to be outdoors. To request transportation to a cooling center for a resident experiencing homelessness, call the hyperthermia hotline at (202) 399-7093. Residents can find their closest cooling center using the District’s interactive map.

Safety Precautions:

The public can limit heat exposure by:

  • Staying indoors
  • Drinking plenty of liquids and avoiding drinks with caffeine and alcohol
  • Limiting sun exposure, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when the sun is the strongest
  • Applying sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors
  • Wearing light-colored, lightweight clothing
  • Artificial turf fields can get excessively hot, take caution

Low-Barrier Shelters:

Due to high temperatures this week, Mayor Bowser announced that low-barrier shelters will be open 24 hours through Sunday, July 21.


801 East Shelter at 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
New York Avenue Shelter at 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE
Adams Place Men’s Shelter at 2210 Adams Place, NE


Harriet Tubman, DC General Building at 27 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE
Patricia Handy Place for Women at 810 5th Street, NW
Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) at 425 Second Street, NW

The Adams Place Day Center also serves as a Cooling Facility for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Adams Place Day Center is accessible from 7 am – 7 pm, Monday-Friday, and is located at 2210 Adams Place, NE #1 (entrance in rear of the building).

Families seeking emergency shelter can call 311 at any time day or night. When the DC Government is open, families may also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Monday – Thursday, between 8 am – 4:30 pm, and Friday between 8 am – 12:30 pm.

Heat Safety Tips

  • Never leave a child or pet alone in a car.
  • Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat. (See Fairfax County’s cooling center information below.)
  • If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you or someone you care for is on a special diet, ask a doctor how best to accommodate it.
  • Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as this could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
  • Avoid high-energy activities.
  • Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.