From the ABC 7 Weather team

1st heat wave in the Nation's Capital

May 30, 2011 - 11:10 AM
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Summer-like heat and humidity has arrived in time for Memorial Day 2011.

Today: Sunny, Hot and Humid

Highs: 91-95 | Feels Like: Upper 90s

Overnight: Few Clouds, Muggy & Warm

Lows: 70s | Wind: West 3-8

Tomorrow: Hazy, Very Hot, Humid

Highs: 93-97 | Feels Like: 100° to 105°

High pressure will strengthen off the East Coast, setting up a southerly flow of oppressive heat and humidity for the next few days and a Heat Advisory goes into effect today at Noon. Temperatures will be in the 90s this Memorial Day and tomorrow with heat indices—a “feels like temperature that factors in humidity—of near 100 degrees. We also have a Code Orange Air Quality Alert which means unhealthy air quality is expected for those sensitive groups.

The shortened work week will bring more heat Tuesday and Wednesday with highs into the mid to upper 90s and heat indices of 100+. There will be a weak cold front late Wednesday that may bring some relief in the form of showers and thunderstorms but temperatures may only cool off slightly for the end of the work week.

There are plenty of hazards that come with the joys of summer weather. To acclimate to this sudden heat remember a few safety tips: lighter clothing, hats, plenty of water; air conditioning or shade breaks, minimize strenuous exercise during the heat of the day, and be sure to check on the pets and the elderly to ensure that they’re staying cool in this dangerous heat as well.

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