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D.C. family left without A/C in scorching temperatures

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The storms are just one element of what has been an intense day of weather as temperatures, combined with the humidity, have risen to a dangerous level. And that heat is even more dangerous if you're without air conditioning. 

“It’s so frustrating,” says Chantel Seltzer.

It was 90 degrees inside Seltzer’s apartment Wednesday.

“I had my clothes off sleeping. I had my clothes off talking to you on the phone. It’s so hot.”

Seltzer has been dealing with no air conditioning in her Northeast Washington home for over a week with her four children. Her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and her 6-year-old has heart issues and asthma.

Washington is trapped in a summer haze, and with temperatures in the nineties, it’s downright sticky. Still, people had to work in the heat and some chose to be outside.

For Seltzer and her family, all she can do is add more fans while she waits for her air conditioning to get fixed.

“They tell you it’s going to get taken care of. They say they are going to order the part. They haven’t come out,” she says.

The city can declare a heat emergency when temperatures reach a scorching 95 degrees. Tuesday's temperatures reached 96 degrees by 3 p.m., enough to trigger a heat emergency. Monday's temperatures were even hotter.

When heat emergencies are in effect, residents and pets should stay indoors and drink plenty of water. Residents without air conditioning, like Seltzer, can cool off at one of the Department of Parks and Recreation's facilities, like public pools.

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