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Those who did want to be outside Wednesday took their walk or jog very early to avoid the heat expected to hit the area later in the day.
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Those who did want to be outside Wednesday took their walk or jog very early to avoid the heat expected to hit the area later in the day.

In Northwest D.C. early this morning, there were already signs of preparations for the hot weather ahead. Dog walkers and joggers were out trying to take advantage of the relatively cool morning air, and the District Department of Public Works began collecting trash and recyclables an hour early, at 6 a.m.

Naturally, in the D.C. area some people, including Camrin Emmons, are quick to lament the humidity. Some, like Camrin Emmons.

"You get so sticky, you feel like you need to take about three showers," she says.

Others, like morning walker Peggy Parlato, say they are okay with sweltering conditions.

"I actually don't mind it. I live in India so 105 is not that bad," she says.

The D.C. government is asking people not to open fire hydrants to cool off. The air quality level today is orange, which means it will be dangerous for elderly people, children, and people with certain health conditions.

Health officials are urging people to drink lots of fluids, stay indoors, and make sure to check on elderly relatives and neighbors.

The heat that has struck the area relatively early this summer has already taken two lives in Maryland, the state's Department of Health is reporting. Two senior citizens over the age of 65 died from excess heat exposure in the state during the past 10 days.

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