Alexandria urges caution with upcoming hazardous heat conditions

It’s not Pacific Northwest-bad, but the National Weather Service is warning that that Alexandria could reach a heat index of 105 or higher over the next few days.

The NWS has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the next few days, with high temperatures estimated for Wednesday afternoon.

“Heat index values may approach 105 during the afternoon hours Wednesday,” NWS said. “An isolated severe thunderstorm with damaging wind gusts is possible late Wednesday afternoon and evening.”

The NWS said the storm is likely to be concentrated in Northern Maryland, but with potential severe thunderstorms and flooding throughout the area on Thursday.

The city also warned of the potential health risk of prolonged exposure to high temperatures.

“Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures and high humidity can cause heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, cramps or, in extreme cases, heat stroke,” the city said in a release. “It is especially important for individuals with underlying health issues to take extra precautions and plan ahead for this and future excessive heat events. During extended heat waves, it is advised to stay indoors and limit exposure to the sun; drink plenty of water; and wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.”

In a press release, the city reminded residents to take advantage of special cooling centers if needed.

“Those in need of a place to cool off, due to the hazardous weather outlook forecast by the National Weather Service, should visit one of the City facilities listed below,” the city said. “Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s through Wednesday, June 30. The hot temperatures, combined with high humidity, will cause heat indices of more than 100 degrees.”

According to the city, the following locations will be designated cooling centers this week:

  • Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe Street) — 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center (25 West Reed Avenue) — 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Lee Center (1108 Jefferson Street) — 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center (2701 Commonwealth Avenue) — 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center (4653 Taney Avenue) — 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center (5650 Sanger Avenue) — 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

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