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Heat Emergency - A heat emergency is in effect for Washington, DC. Residents are urged to take precautions against the heat.
Find cooling centers, spray parks and more information about heat emergencies.


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Beating DC's Heat Wave

Above average temperatures are expected all week in Washington, DC, affecting District services and residents.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to go to find a cooling center near you. Recreation Centers, DC Public Libraries, and Senior Wellness Centers, are all places to beat the heat and are open to the public. These locations provide a cool place to rest and also provide water and activities. Use this map to locate the cooling center nearest you.

Other useful information:

Important telephone numbers:

  • Senior resources, cooling centers and information: (202) 724-5626
  • Location of public cooling centers: (202) 727-6161
  • Seniors needing energy cost assistance: 311
  • Hyperthermia hotline for the homeless and persons at risk: (202) 399-7093

Service Updates

DC Recreation Centers, DC Public Libraries and Senior Wellness Centers are all great places to beat the heat and are open to the public.

DC Water and DC Fire and EMS officials want to remind the public that unauthorized fire-hydrant use is unlawful, dangerous and damaging.