The National Capital Area's going to be sweltering for a few days. Here's a few tips to get you through it.
Is it hot enough for ya?
Heat Wave Tips
Heat Wave Rule #1
When you're out in the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and a hat to protect your face and head. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.
Do your best to stay out of the sun and avoid strenuous activity during the sun's peak hours of 11AM and 4PM. Plan your workout or other physically demanding activities for the day's coolest hours between 4AM and 7AM.
Don't drink caffeine - it dehydrates you. Drink coffee and soda sparingly.
No beer either. Or any alcohol for that matter.
If you do drink, do it sparingly. Just like caffeine, it drys you out quickly.
Head for the beach - just don't expect it to be empty - a lot of folks have taken this week off. It's always 10-20 degrees cooler at the beach, at least it feels like it!
Head for the pool - either your own backyard (lucky) or one of the many community pools in the area. Just like the beach though, don't expect it to be empty.
Go see a movie. There's a bunch of new flicks out right now, Toy Story 3, Grown Ups, etc. Plus, it's air conditioned.
Don't feel like going out to the movies? Stay in and pop in a DVD. (On-Demand cable works too)
Stay indoors, pull the kids away from the video games and computers. Have a good ol' fashioned game day. You've probably got all these in a closet somewhere - and all the pieces are there, right?
Go to the mall. You don't have to buy anything, though the Dairy Queen in the food court looks tempting. Just hang out in the mall for a few hours - they've gotta air condition it anyways, might as well take advantage.
Head for a museum. Again, air conditioning. And it's probably more interesting to spend a few hours wandering around Smithsonian Exhibits than sweating away at home.
Let's not forget our furry friends. They've got a coat that they don't get to take off. Make sure Fluffy and Fido have enough to drink and a cool place to hang out.