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Loudoun Officials Advise Residents to Take Precautions Due to Excessive Heat
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Loudoun Officials Advise Residents to Take Precautions Due to Excessive Heat

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Loudoun County, in effect from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2011, and Friday, July 22, 2011.

An excessive heat warning means that high temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s on Thursday and in the upper 90s or low 100s on Friday. But it will feel at times as if it’s 110 degrees. The worst of the heat is expected during the afternoon and early evening hours Thursday and Friday. The excessive heat will likely carry over into the weekend as well.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Loudoun County officials remind citizens to take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during this period of excessive heat: 

  • Stay in air-conditioned rooms.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.  
  • Replace salt and minerals.  
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen  
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.  
  • Pace yourself.  
  • Monitor people at high risk.  
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars.  
  • Check on relatives and neighbors
  • Use common sense. 

The public is reminded that air-conditioned facilities operated by Loudoun County, such as community centers and libraries, are available during normal business hours as places where people can seek refuge from the excessive heat.

Additionally, the Town of Leesburg advises the public that the Ida Lee Recreation Center gymnasium and the Community Room at the Leesburg Police Department are also available as cooling centers.

More tips for staying cool during hot weather are online at www.loudoun.gov/heat.  

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