The National Weather Service has declared a heat advisory for Thursday, Aug. 4, with a heat index value forecast as high as 106ºF. High heat is forecast through Friday, Aug. 5.
Please remain aware of high temperature advisories and air quality alerts from trusted weather news sources, including the National Weather Service Forecast Office Baltimore/Washington: weather.gov/lwx .
The Lamb Center (3610 Campbell Drive) is open as a cooling center from 8 am to 3 pm on Thursday, Aug. 4. (Announcements regarding additional designated cooling centers will be published as informaiton is available; please check back for additional information as the week progresses.)
Remember: many public buildings may serve as cooling centers, including libraries and community centers.
- Fairfax City Hall is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm weekdays (10455 Armstrong St., 703-385-7800)
- Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is open from 11 am to 4 pm daily (10209 Main St., 703-385-8414)
Be sure to check the facility website or call the facility to confirm access and hours.
the Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. As an example, if the air temperature is 92°F and the relative humidity is 65 percent, the heat index — how hot it feels — is 108°F.
Remember: many public buildings, including libraries and community centers, can serve as cooling centers. Be sure to check the facility website or call the facility to confirm access and hours.
A few tips from the National Weather Service:
- Never leave people or animals in any vehicles — even for a short time — and bring pets indoors, out of the heat.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Stay in air-conditioned rooms and buildings.
- Stay out of the sun.
- Check on relatives and neighbors.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside, when possible. Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
- If you must work outdoors, schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
- Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded location.
- Heat stoke is an emergency: call 911 immediately for assistance.