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D.C. Heat: High Temps Expected Through Wednesday

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Workers at the Loudoun County Fair worked to keep animals cool this weekend through a heat wave that affected the area throughout most of the fair.
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Workers at the Loudoun County Fair worked to keep animals cool this weekend through a heat wave that affected the area throughout most of the fair.

While the humidity is expected to lighten up today, D.C.'s heat wave is expected to continue at least through Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the high 90s today. This comes after a weekend in which temperatures stayed in the 90s, and Friday, when the D.C. area broke the heat record for that date with a high temperature of 103.

Today's record could also be in jeopardy; the heat record for Aug. 1 is 99 degrees, and it was set in 2002.

July brought weeks of intense heat across the nation that has claimed well over 30 lives. Locally, the heat has also affected businesses up and down the east coast.

Delaware's State Fair saw a large drop in attendance this year, and the heat killed some birds and rabbits there. Organizers say figures dropped as low as 25 percent of their normal attendance on some days.

Crowds were still strong in the evening hours at the Loudoun County Fair last week, however, according to fair officials.

People are advised to drink plenty of fluids and check on elderly relatives during the hot weather. If you have a preexisting respiratory condition, experts advise that you try and stay indoors during afternoon hours.

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