The National Weather Service has issued a Excessive Heat Watch from Friday morning through Sunday evening, with the highest heat indices expected Saturday and Sunday. The Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for the Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan areas, most of Maryland, northern Virginia and the eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Temperatures could potentially reach 110 to 115 degrees each afternoon. Heat indices will likely remain between 80 and 90 each night, greatly increasing the potential for heat related illnesses. If the prolonged heat and humidity are realized, it will become a significant threat to anyone exposed to the heat for an extended period of time. Dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke to those outside or without access to air conditioning. Late Sunday into Monday a cold front will start dropping into the area, bringing significant relief to the heat in the form of showers and thunderstorms, which may be accompanied by severe weather - damaging wind gusts and flooding.
Please take extra precautions if you must 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 light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911! Additionally, share the tips below and remember during periods of extreme heat Prince George's County Cooling Centers are OPEN. Continue to monitor conditions alongside of the Office of Emergency Management by visiting www.weather.gov.