Arlington residents who are still suffering through the aftermath of Friday's derecho with power or air conditioning will not see relief from the heat for the Fourth of July holiday.
Temperatures in Arlington will hit 95 degrees on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
"Hazy, hot and humid" is how the Capital Weather Gang describes expected weather on the July Fourth holiday. The combination of heat and humidity will create a heat index in excess of 100 degrees, the NWS report stated.
There is a 40 percent chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms. Some of the storms may be severe, according to the NWS.
Tuesday afternoon, Arlington County announced a reduced number of cooling centers will be operating on the Fourth:
- Walter Reed Community Center (until 6 a.m. Wednesday)
- Central Library (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday)
- Pentagon City Mall (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday)
- Ballston Common Mall (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday)
Public swimming pools will be open on their normal schedule Wednesday.
For the rest of the week — Thursday, Friday and Saturday — the days may be even hotter, hitting 98 degrees. Beginning Sunday, the Northern Virginia area will see slightly cooler temperatures with a high on Sunday of 94 degrees and a high on Monday of "just" 89 degrees.
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