Where to Keep Cool Around D.C. as Temperatures Rise

July 2, 2018
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By Erin Thibeau

Summer is in full swing in the D.C. area, with temps expected to hit the 90s this week.

With high temps and humidity come the risk of heat exhaustion and stroke, so make sure to stay in the shade or air conditioning whenever possible and drink plenty of water. Don't forget to check on your pets and have them drink water, too!

When the temperature or heat index reaches 95 degrees, the District Government implements the Heat Emergency Plan, activating cooling centers for residents. You can find a list of these centers, as well as resources for senior residents and the homeless, here.

D.C.'s recreation centers, poolsspray parks, public libraries and senior wellness centers are all open to the public as an escape from the heat. Find an interactive map of cooling centers in D.C. here.

The city's outdoor pools operate on individual summer schedules, and all spray parks are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents can also stop by the Langdon Park Pool, which is now open again, or the new Cleveland Park Library, located at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Need to transport someone to a cooling center? Call the hyperthermia hotline at (202) 399-7093.

To find cooling centers and public spaces around Maryland and Virginia, check out WTOP.

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