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The National Weather Service forecast severe heat for August 8-9. Please stay aware of high temperature advisories and air quality alerts from trusted weather information sources, including the National Weather Service Forecast Office Baltimore/Washington: weather.gov/lwx .

Due to the current heat advisory, the three shelters that serve single adults will have overflow capacity available on August 8 and 9. Click here for more information, including information about the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness services and programs. (Please note that announcements for additional designated cooling centers will be posted for City of Fairfax and county residents on various resources, including the Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog.)

Remember: Many public buildings can serve as cooling centers, including libraries and municipal facilities, such as:

  • Fairfax City Hall is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (10455 Armstrong Street)
  • The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (10209 Main St., 703-385-8414)
  • The City of Fairfax Regional Library is open daily (10360 North Street, 703-293-6227)
    • Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Thursday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Be sure to check the property’s website or call the property to confirm access and hours.

The Heat index is a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is factored in with actual air temperature. For example, if the air temperature is 92°F and the relative humidity is 65%, the heat index – how hot it is — is 108°f.

Remember: many public buildings, including libraries and community centers, can serve as cooling centers. Be sure to check the property’s website or call the property to confirm access and hours.

A few tips from the National Weather Service:

  • Never leave people or animals in vehicles – even for a short time – and bring pets indoors, away from the heat.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Stay in air-conditioned rooms and buildings.
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • Check on relatives and neighbors.
  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outdoors, if possible. Reschedule strenuous activities for early morning or evening.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light, loose clothing when possible.
  • If you must work outdoors, plan frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
  • Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area.
  • Heat stroke is an emergency: call 911 immediately for help.

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