Get Ready for the Hottest Day of 2016

Heat index for July 14, 2106/Credit: NWS

Fairfax County is under a heat advisory for Thursday, July 14, which is expected to be the hottest day of the summer so far.

The National Weather Service (NWS)’s heat advisory will be in effect from from noon to 8 p.m. A heat advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected.

Temperatures in the middle 90s combined with high humidity values will produce heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees. This combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible, says the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Information.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

You also may visit any of the county’s Cooling Centers, held at county facilities such as senior centers, RECenters, community centers and libraries, for temporary respite from the heat.

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