WASHINGTON, D.C. – In our nation’s capital they’re experiencing an excessive heat watch. Temperatures there could be reaching to the triple digits. It’s the warmest it’s been in years.
Tourists are taking shelter in the shade as the weather drastically heats up in Washington, D.C.
“It is usually pretty hot in San Diego so I’m pretty used to it but I didn’t expect it to be this warm here,” said DC tourist Mina Atto.
D.C. and the surrounding areas are under a heat advisory. Temperatures are expected to reach above one hundred degrees for the first time since 2016. Meteorologists said it will feel at least five degrees warmer than the actual temp just because of humidity. People who are visiting from out of town are certainly feeling the heat.
“That’s gonna be hot for walking,” said DC tourists Lorelei and Isaiah Powers. “That’s all I’m saying.”
Spiking temperatures have prompted heat warnings along the east coast. Cities are responding to these heat waves by implementing emergency measures aimed at preventing heat related illnesses and deaths, like opening so-called cooling centers around DC for people to get some relief. Like many of the people we spoke with, they’re beating the heat by avoiding the outdoors as much as possible.
“We’re trying to do indoor stuff maybe if we can,” said Atto.
“We spend our time in museums during the day so it’s a lot cooler,” said Powers.
And trying to visit the sites when the sun goes down.
“We’re also visiting the monuments at night because of the hot weather number one and its nicer looking at night because they’re all lit up,” said Powers.
The heat warnings are slated to remain in effect for the next couple of days so DC officials are encouraging people to stay indoors as much as possible but if you’re going to be out and about, officials are encouraging people to find some shade and stay hydrated.