Kids keep cool in the Old Town Pool in Alexandria in this file photo from 2011.
The D.C. region is facing near-record-breaking temperatures today and an excessive heat warning is in effect for much of the area. Temperatures are expected to hover around 100 degrees and the heat index could feel like 105 degrees or higher. The high temperatures are expected to extend throughout the weekend and decrease slowly through the beginning of next week.
A heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. this evening.
The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles will shift the hours of its inspection station today and tomorrow to accommodate the high heat; the inspection site will be open from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Swimming pool extended hours will be in effect today in the Distric, according to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. Metro has also made an exception to its "no food or drink" rule to allow people to drink water on trains.
Health officials are also putitng out recommendations for people dealing with high temperatures over the next few days, including:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Stay indoors in an air-conditioned room whenever possible
- Stay out of direct sunlight
- Do not leave children or pets in vehicles
- Check up on neighbors, particularly the elderly and sick
- Wear light colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing
- Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke