Residents and visitors in the District can keep cool by staying in the shade or air conditioning and drinking plenty of water. When the temperature or heat index reaches 95 degrees, residents are encouraged to take extra precautions to beat the heat.
Hot and humid conditions can cause many medical problems such as heat exhaustion and stroke, learn how to prevent them HERE.
People who do not live in an air-conditioned building may take refuge at a District recreation facility, senior center, or other air-conditioned building. For more information on where you can go, call 311.
If you or someone you know is experiencing health related issues related to the heat, dial 911.
General Heat Emergency Information
- Learn how to keep cool during a heat emergency
- Tips for keeping yourself and your family healthy
- View the 2017 Heat Emergency Plan: The heat emergency plan includes lists of cooling centers, spray parks, and libraries. It also contains resources for senior residents and the homeless.
- If you or someone you know needs transportation to a Cooling Center, call the hyperthermia hotline at 1-800-535-7252.
DC Recreation Centers, DC Pools, DC Public Libraries and Senior Wellness Centers are all places to beat the heat and are open to the public. Please note that outdoor pools and spray parks do not open until the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27, 2017.
DC Water and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) officials remind the public unauthorized fire hydrant use is unlawful, dangerous and damaging.