If you’re still without power after last weekend’s storm, find an air-conditioned location to hang out this weekend, as forecasters are predicting record-breaking heat.
The entire region is under an excessive heat watch.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting temperatures may hit highs of between 99 and 102 degrees this weekend in locations throughout Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. But, it could feel like it's about 10 degrees warmer, as the heat index could reach anywhere from 110 to 115 degrees.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Thursday, warning that heat illnesses may result and residents should to take precautions. In a hazardous weather warning, NWS indicated thunderstorms may hit tonight and again on Sunday that bring potential for large hail and strong winds.
According to AIRNow, the DC metropolitan area could also see an air quality index of 150 on Friday, which is the highest level of a code orange, just one point away from a code red. While code orange indicates the air may be unsafe for sensitive groups, a code red means that everyone may experience health effects.
Four heat-related deaths have occurred in Maryland since last Friday’s storm, and NWS recommends staying in a cool, air-conditioned location, limiting time spent outdoors and keeping hydrated this weekend.
Editor's Note: In the initial version of this post, we made in error when stating the heat index. We apologize for this error.