Heat Advisories in effect Today

Forecast highs for Thursday

Thursday will feature fairly similar weather to Wednesday - the best chance of scattered storms will exist in western NC with lower (but not zero) chances for the Upstate.

If the temperature reaches 99 in Washington today (as measured at Reagan National Airport), and 100 Thursday, it would tie records established in 1908 and 1954.

On Wednesday, the D.C. government activated its heat emergency plan because temperatures were expected to reach at least 95 degrees, which opens cooling centers throughout the city.

The city is recommending residents drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, wear sunscreen as well as lightweight clothing and protective headwear, use curtains and drapes to block out unnecessary light and try to stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

While Thursday will be hot, it'll feel even hotter with an expected heat value index of 103 degrees.

Once again, we will see temperatures in the low 90s with the chance for afternoon showers and storms. The weekend looks mostly sunny with high temperatures in the upper 80s Saturday and lower 90s Sunday.

The high heat and humidity can negatively impact older people, those with pre-existing conditions and people work outdoors, the weather service warns. The lack of night time cooling can cause a unsafe buildup in heat stress for the homeless and those without air conditioning.

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