Fairfax County reminds residents that a heat advisory has been issued for Fairfax County by the National Weather Service for today (Thursday).
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. A Code Orange air quality alert has also been issued.
McLean/Fairfax County Weather forecast for this afternoon: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Heat index values as high as 105.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. The Fairfax County Health Department encourages residents to take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries and deaths during hot weather:
•Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
•Stay cool indoors in an air-conditioned room.
•Wear appropriate clothing (weight and loose fitting) and sunscreen.
•Schedule outdoor activities carefully and pace yourself; reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
•Do not leave children or pets in cars.
•Check in on relatives and neighbors.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 9-1-1. Find out more about heat-related illness and heat stroke, helping the vulnerable in your community and keeping your pets safe in the heat.
Check the local weather forecast online or call 703-652-1210 to listen to the forecast. Get more summer and heat safety tips online.