There are many cities that experience greater heat, but, but the high levels of humidity puts D.C. in the company of other more southern cities.
The humidity is a big reason for the District's high ranking. There are many cities that experience greater heat, but, but the high levels of humidity puts D.C. in the company of other more southern cities like Laredo, Texas.
Standing on a sidewalk, Jen Ferguson say the ranking is hard to believe.
"Having lived in Tuscon for 10 years, it does surprise me," she says. But Ferguson says she understands the effect of the humidity, which is fed by moisture from the Chesapeake Bay.
Also, according to the Weather Channel, heat is the number one related killer in the U.S., beating out tornados, hurricanes, and winter conditions.
"It's so humid," says Megan Flanary who's sitting at the bus stop. "You go outside at 7 in the morning, and you're dripping wet. My husband calls it stale air."
A code orange air quality will be in effect for this afternoon, which means that if you're younger, older, or have any pre-existing illnesses, it’s best to take some precautions and stay out of this heat.