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Getting Creative in Beating the Heat

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- When a heat wave lasts as long as this one, sometimes people have to get creative in finding ways to stay cool. 

People throughout the D.C. Metro area are beating the heat and conquering cabin fever at the same time!

It has already been in the 90s for three straight days, and the First Alert Forecast is calling for temperatures to be in the upper 90s again tomorrow through the end of the week. 

And with the humidity making it feel even hotter, people are pulling out all the stops in an effort to stay cool on the National Mall. On a day like today, a cold drink or an ice cream cone aren't going to be enough to take the edge off.  

The next best thing to air conditioning is some nice, cool water. From a bottle, or better yet, from one of the fountains in the area. 

Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms. 

Avoiding the Derecho's Autumn Harvest

On June 29th, like so many in the path of the Derecho, my power went out around 10PM. For roughly two days. Almost immediately I felt an itchiness arising from my carpet. By Sunday, since my apartment faces West and catches the afternoon Sun, I sought shelter in a hotel, as the temperature in my unit was fast approaching 90 degrees. I'm originally from upstate New York. Growing up, Summer was six weeks. I don't do heat, let alone this!

When I swung by my abode Monday morning, I had power, so I checked out of my temporary digs. The A/C was on; the apartment was cooling; but the scratchiness remained.

Pool Admission Fees Reduced To Help Residents Beat The Heat

Pool Admission Fees Reduced To Help Residents Beat The Heat

A heat advisory is in effect for much of the DMV area on June 29 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For this reason, the Charles County Department of Community Services is offering reduced admission at all pool locations to help residents cool down.

The discounted price for open swim will go into effect at 3 p.m. until closing. All visitors will be admitted for $2.00 during these times.

Outdoor Pools (Open 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.; reduced admission 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

  • La Plata High School
  • McDonough High School
  • Thomas Stone High School

Indoor Pools (Open 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., reduced admission 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.)

  • North Point High School
  • Lackey High School

For more information, contact the Dept. of Community Services at 301-934-9305. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

FEMA chief: Stay at home in Irene's wake

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the nation's emergency response agency says people shouldn't underestimate the danger once Hurricane Irene passes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate says flooding, weakened trees and downed power lines pose a danger even after the storm moves north up the Atlantic Coast.

Fugate is urging people not to drive around and sightsee after the storm has passed through their areas. His advice: Stay inside, stay off the roads, and let the power crews do their job.

Fugate made the round of the Sunday talk shows as the storm moved through New York City and the Northeast.