Can You Take the Heat?
Wx and the City
By Ann Posegate
Squishy, gushy, ooey-gooey, slimy-whimy, and disgusting. This is how a group of fourth-graders described the process of dissecting clams on a field trip I helped to teach on the Anacostia River last year. For some reason, these are the first words that come to mind when I think about our recent heat wave (the high at Reagan National Airport was 92 or higher July 16-22). Add to that: simply oppressive.
How do you deal with heat - or do you? What about Washington summers really gets to you? Is it the temperature, humidity, poor air quality, city grit that sticks to your face, annoying sweat stains on clothing, mosquito-breeding, or all of the above? Or maybe you don't think this summer has been all that bad?
Keep reading for more of Ann's take on our recent heat. Also, see our full forecast into early next week.
I talked with a few new-to-D.C. residents within the past week, and all of them seemed to be surprised by just how hot and humid it was. They had heard about the area's summer climate, but weren't expecting it to be this bad.
It seems to me that, in general, transplanted residents never fully acclimate to summertime heat and humidity in this region. Though I do think one gradually adapts. But, is the change physical or psychological? Once you accept the fact that you WILL be saturated with sweat as soon as you step outside, do the conditions become more bearable?
Whether you're new to D.C., just visiting or a native Washingtonian, here are some tips for staying safe from heat. Even though slightly cooler temperatures have now arrived, never fear: heat is near.
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