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Forecasters Warn of Dangerous Heat

by ARLnow.com June 28, 2012 at 9:30 am 2,311 24 Comments

An “Excessive Heat Watch” has been issued for Friday as the region braces for a sweltering weekend.

Forecasters are warning of a “prolonged period of hot temperatures” and humidity which will “create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

The predicted high temperatures for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are 99, 97 and 100 respectively. From the National Weather Service.

… EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING…

* HEAT INDEX VALUES… UP TO 110 DEGREES.

* TEMPERATURES… UPPER 90S TO AROUND 100 DEGREES.

* IMPACT… RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR OTHER HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR-CONDITIONING OR THOSE SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS… STAY IN AN AIR- CONDITIONED ROOM… STAY OUT OF THE SUN AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

  • CO2isYourFriend

    more and more record hot days, months, etc,

    more and more droughts, particularly bad hurricanes, and related event.

    I can’t imagine why.

    • ArLater

      This made me laugh.

    • outoftowner

      Arlington needs to do it’s part. Narrow more streets! Eliminate parking!

  • Cow

    Sorry. I farted.

  • Hank

    So help me God if one cent of my taxes go to subsidize air conditioning for the elderly and households with children under six! It’s socialism! They will take our guns!

    • drax

      Yeah! And no tax money wasted on removing their dead bodies either!

    • dk (not DK)

      Let them eat popsicles!

    • Ivy

      Good one Hank!

  • sunflower

    satire rules!

    • CO2isYourFriend

      If I didn’t laugh, I’d cry

  • Thomas

    It is summer, this is expected. Now, on with the real news stories!

  • Arlingtonian

    I’m planning to do a 3-hr. training run this weekend, among other workouts. But probably not in mid-afternoon. I’m not that crazy.

    • CW

      Please tell me you have a Road ID so whoever finds you will be able to contact next of kin.

      • Arlingtonian

        I’ve done 3-hr. runs, and 5-hr. rides, in the heat before. It’s not like I’m suddenly jumping up to this type of workout. I bring water and electrolytes-carbs. If I run out, I can stop at a store and get some Gatorade. The key is increasing the duration in small increments and giving your body time to adjust to the heat.

        Beyond that, I simply handle the heat much better than I do the cold.

        • CW

          Was just joking; obviously anyone doing a 3-hour training anything hasn’t just jumped into it.

          But conversely, I’ve found that experience is what gets me in trouble, personally – “How far can I push myself?”

          So take care out there.

  • dk (not DK)

    Damn, this was going to be my weekend to start running again. Pass the ice cream.

    • 1RLI

      …and beer. It’s very important to hydrate!

    • WeiQiang

      if there was only an aquatics center to cool off in.

      • dk (not DK)

        well, no, then I would have no excuse to lie on my fainting couch fanning myself while calling for one of my servants–er, children–to bring me a cold drink.

        • the real drax

          LIE ON THE COUCH VIBRANTLY!

          • WeiQiang

            no, dude, that’s what the suitcase is for

          • drax

            Well, I’m not really clear on all that, because all I remember is waking up next to an empty suitcase with no pants on and a weird rash.

          • WeiQiang

            thankfully *someone* is keeping up today

  • sunflower

    fortunately my exercise of choice is blogging; unfortunately all i lose is my sanity

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