The sun is expected to beat down in most of the Northern Virginia and surrounding regions today (Wednesday).
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Heat index values are expected to hover around 105 degrees Fahrenheit with temperatures in the mid-90s.
NWS cautions that high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses.
Here’s more from the alert:
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.
The heat is expected to continue throughout the week. Residents are advised to check up on the elderly and sick, as well as limit strenuous outdoor activities.
A HOT day ahead! According to the @NWS heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities each year. Heat related deaths are totally preventable. Practice #heatsafety wherever you. More: https://t.co/3Tb8Y3O8S9 #SafeFairfax #KeepYourCool pic.twitter.com/UxWq6uIKiq
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) July 17, 2019
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