Reminder: Heat Advisory Today — A Heat Advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) with heat index values ranging from 100 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The National Weather Service advices drinking water, staying inside as much as possible, and checking on neighbors with the extreme heat and humidity bringing the risk of heat-related illnesses. [NWS]
Falls Church Gateway Development Approved — “In a series of unanimous 7-0 votes Monday night, the Falls Church City Council gave final decisive approvals to special exceptions and the site plan for the biggest project in the City’s history, a 9.75-acre mixed use development at the site of the now-demolished old George Mason High School property. The project…now awaits a groundbreaking set for early next year.” [Falls Church News-Press]
Northrop Grumman Celebrates Space Launch — The Falls Church-based company launched its 16th mission to resupply the International Space Station at 6:01 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Named NG-16, this is the fifth mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with Northrop Grumman. The contract was first awarded in 2008 and covers a minimum of of eight missions to the ISS through 2024. [Office of the Governor]
Meet the New Thoreau MS Principal — “Teresa Khuluki spent the last nine years as principal of Wolftrap Elementary School just north of the town of Vienna. On June 30, she traveled a few miles south to become principal at Thoreau Middle School. Serving as Thoreau Middle’s principal will let her get back to her enthusiasm for working with older, secondary-level students, Khuluki said.” [Sun Gazette]
While temperatures in Fairfax County haven’t exactly been comfortable over the past couple of days, the heat is about get worse before easing up at the end of this week.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the D.C. area, including Fairfax County, that will take effect from noon through 8 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday). An Excessive Heat Watch will follow on Thursday (Aug. 12) over roughly the same time frame.
Forecasts indicate high temperatures of 95 degrees tomorrow and 99 degrees on Thursday in Tysons, but the addition of humidity could make it feel like more than 100 degrees.
Here is more from the alert:
* WHAT…For the Heat Advisory, heat index values will range from around 100 degrees west of Interstate 95 to around 105 degrees near and east of Interstate 95. For the Excessive Heat Watch, dangerously hot conditions are possible with heat indices possibly ranging from around 105 degrees west of Interstate 95 to around 110 degrees near and east of Interstate 95.
* WHERE…The Washington, Baltimore, and Fredericksburg areas, central and southern Maryland, northern Virginia, and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
* WHEN…For the Heat Advisory, from noon to 8 PM EDT Wednesday. For the Excessive Heat Watch, from Thursday afternoon through early Thursday evening.
* IMPACTS…Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
The NWS advises preparing for the incoming heat by drinking plenty of fluids, staying out of the sun and in air-conditioned rooms when possible, and checking in on relatives and neighbors.
“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” the NWS says in the alert. “This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.”
A Heat Advisory has been issued for portions of our area Wednesday as increased heat and humidity will result in heat indices ranging between 100-105 degrees. Slightly hotter conditions expected Thursday, prompting an Excessive Heat Watch. https://t.co/JxQPRW87Gr pic.twitter.com/SbRldDZPPF
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) August 10, 2021
Photo via Ritam Baishya/Unsplash
Updated 3:10 p.m. — NWS issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning shortly after 3 p.m. for the area. “Severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Leesburg to Middleburg to near Hume, moving east at 10 mph,” according to NWS.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Washington DC, Arlington VA, Alexandria VA until 4:15 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/AtqyJBS7UL
— NWS Severe Tstorm (@NWSSevereTstorm) July 22, 2020
Earlier: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Fairfax County and surrounding areas today (Wednesday).
The National Weather Service issued the watch at noon. The watch will be in effect until 7 p.m.
The Tysons-area is also under a Heat Advisory until 8 p.m. Forecasters recommend that people stay out of the sun, drink lots of fluids and seek air-conditioned spaces.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 7 PM. pic.twitter.com/AwzmDzbjWS
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) July 22, 2020
Heat Advisory Today — It’s going to be hot today. A Heat Advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Forecasters say that people should drink lots of fluids and stay out of the sun. [National Weather Service]
Local Elected Official Battling Cancer — “Long-serving Falls Church City Council member Dan Sze is fighting esophageal cancer, F.C. Mayor David Tarter reported at the outset of Monday night’s Falls Church City Council work session.” [Falls Church News-Press]
Push for Criminal Justice Reform — “Five commonwealth’s attorneys from Northern Virginia have joined with six other prosecutors from around the state in forming an advocacy group to back criminal justice reform proposals.” [Inside NoVa]
Police Officer Indicted — “A grand jury indicted a white Fairfax County, Virginia, police officer accused of assaulting a Black man who, police body camera footage showed, was not combative when he was stunned and forcibly arrested.” [WTOP]
Hot Today Ahead — A Heat Advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. today (Monday). [National Weather Service]
New Ramp in Vienna Area — “Motorists driving on northbound Nutley Street in the Vienna area this week will begin using a new temporary ramp and traffic signal to reach westbound Interstate 66, as construction of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project continues, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said.” [Inside NoVa]
Business Survey — “The City’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) is reaching out to small businesses to help with the challenges of the pandemic. The EDA opened a quick five question survey to gauge interest in providing supplies to support the safe reopening of businesses.” [City of Falls Church, survey]
An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect for Fairfax County and surrounding areas for much of today (Friday).
The National Weather Service said the warning will last from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Heat index values could reach 110 degrees today.
Currently, Saturday and Sunday are under an Excessive Heat Watch.
More from NWS:
…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING…
…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING…
…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING…
* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Near 110 degrees today, then potentially 110 to 115 degrees Saturday and Sunday due to temperatures in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees and dewpoints in the lower to middle 70s.
* Impacts…Dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures will occur. The combination of extreme temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are expected. Check in on relatives and neighbors.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants people to keep cool and practice heat safety whether inside or outside. The fie department also has a guide for how to identify the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke — and what to do.
In addition to the heat, an Air Quality Alert has been issued for today.
More from NWS:
A Code Orange Air Quality Alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.
#HEAT UPDATE: Today marks day 1 of 3 excessively hot and humid days for our region. Dangerous heat indices of 100-115 are expected. Stay hydrated and in shaded or air conditioned places, and check on your friends and neighbors. Heat safety tips: https://t.co/nm6p0Dmcbs. pic.twitter.com/Jb4u0DwSPs
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) July 19, 2019
The National Weather Service has a Heat Advisory in effect for Fairfax County and surrounding areas for much of today (Wednesday).
The advisory will last from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. with heat index values set to hit 110 degrees.
More from NWS:
…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING…
* HEAT INDEX VALUES…105 to 110 due to temperatures in the mid 90s, and dewpoints in the lower 70s.
* IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
A Heat Advisory has been issued for counties along/east of the I-95 corridor, including DC and Baltimore. Heat index values are expected to reach 105 degrees for areas in the advisory. #DCwx #MDwx #VAwx #WVwx pic.twitter.com/unclowshfB
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) July 17, 2019