The District of Columbia and Frederick are taking steps to help residents escape from the searing temperatures by extending pool hours and opening cooling centers through Sunday.
68 community centers, public libraries and wellness centers will serve as cooling centers for people without air conditioning to get away from the high heat, which is expected to reach 100 degrees by Friday.
In addition, the city will offer extended hours at the District's large outdoor pools from Thursday to Sunday. A list of .
The D.C. Department of Mental Health will also be visiting over 100 families to make sure that they have adequate cooling and water.
In Frederick, two cooling centers are opening. Talley Recreation Center located at 121 North Bentz Street between the hours of 7:00 A.M. through 9:30 P.M. on Thursday and between the hours of 7:00 A.M. through 8:00 P.M on Friday.
The Frederick Community Action Agency first floor Activities Room located at 100 South Market Street in downtown Frederick will be open between the hours of 8:30 A.M. through 6:30 P.M. on Thursday and Friday.
In Stafford County, a cooling center will open from Thursday, July 21 to July 23 at the Rowser building, 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford. It's open Thursday open from 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday it will be 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.