No relief in sight: Heat wave rages on
Updated: June 9, 2011 - 10:17 pm
The sweltering heat is taking its toll on area residents. The mercury reached 102 degrees at Ronald Reagan National Airport on Thursday, matching a record set in 1874. Temperature records were broken across the region.
“If you have shade it's still hot. You get out in the sun, it’s brutal,” said musician Allen Phelps. The rhythm of this misery-inducing day of oppressive heat in Old Town Alexandria is slower than he'd like.
"I just wish it would cool off,” Phelps said.
In this normally vibrant business district, the sidewalks, parks and outdoor cafes are nearly empty Thursday evening.
With the mercury hovering near 100 degrees, most residents are heeding heat advisory warnings and staying inside.
Alexandria police and fire fighters can't avoid the elements when they respond to call for helps. So they adjust with breaks, electrolytes and a cooling center on wheels. The department now has a rehab bus where emergency responders can hydrate and recovery in comfort before returning to duty.
“That's been our best friend. Especially this summer it's gonna be our best friend,” one officer said.
The entire area was under a heat advisory Thursday as students fell sick and some businesses lost power. The heat soared to over 100 degrees and the humidity made it feel even hotter.
The heat sent more than two dozen Maryland students to the hospital. In Waldorf, two dozen school children had to be taken to hospitals from the heat while attending a minor-league baseball game at Regency Furniture stadium.
Stonewall Middle School in Manassas will be closed Friday because there is no air conditioning in the building. Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda was shut down for several hours.
Some residents were lucky enough to be outdoors in shorts and flip flops. But some were sweating out the day in business attire.
“I got my button unbutton, sleeves rolled up, so that's the best thing I could do,” said Drew Elliott.
For some lucky people, the best thing to do was sit in the shade and enjoy a little mist from the fountain in the center of Dupont Circle.
“Trying to find a little outside time before it gets unbearable,” said Maryanne Lombardi.
Heat ADVISORY- It is hot out - stay indoors in AC - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate - take it easy - if outdoors stay in shade & out of direct sun
Heat comes on heels of Wednesday's scorcher
Wednesday already brought 90-plus degree temperatures to the area with high humidity that made it feel like it was well over 100 degrees.
The heat forced at least one school to close while residents of a D.C. neighborhood were left sweating because they have no air conditioning.
“It feels like walking into an oven,” said one woman.
Ferebee Hope high school in D.C. was closed Wednesday and Waugh Chapel Elementary School in Crofton dismissed students at 11 a.m., as a power outage prevented them from using their air conditioner.
Wednesday is the sixth day this Spring that we’ve had temperatures over 90 degrees. For three of those days, it was over 95 degrees. Already, a record was broken on June 1st when the temperature reached 98 degrees.
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