Cool Ways to Beat the Heat
Whenever the temperature reaches 95 degrees or higher, the DC Mayor declares a heat emergency and activates a Heat Emergency Plan. Read about some cool ways to beat the heat during the hottest days of the summer.
CATCH A MOVIE.
Why not go to a place that already has cool air? Going to see a movie is a great way to cool off for a few hours while getting off your feet and being entertained. Grab some friends or go by yourself and catch up on the latest films to hit the theaters.
GO FOR A SWIM.
Spend some time in the water at your local pool. Whether indoor or outdoor, most neighborhoods in the District have access to a pool. Most pools are free with proof of DC residency. Some pools even have extended hours when a heat emergency is declared.
VISIT A LIBRARY.
Libraries are a part of the mayor’s Heat Emergency Plan. All DC libraries are open to the public. Stop by your local library and find a good book to read for a few hours.
GRAB SOME ICE CREAM.
Skip dinner and go straight to dessert! There are so many great ice cream places around the District
CHECK OUT AN EXHIBIT.
DC has plenty of museums that have free admission. Although some may require timed passes, most of them allow walk-ins. Museums are great places to catch some cool air while learning something new.
KEEP YOUR COOL.
Due to its location, DC is an urban heat island, both city-wide and at varying intensities within its border. Humid conditions can cause medical problems such as heat exhaustion or a stroke. Be sure to drink plenty of water and stay indoors or in the shade if possible.