A haze of heat and humidity coated the Washington region in a blanket of misery. The temperatures reached above 100 degrees Thursday and the heat index, or feels-like temperature, hit 115.
"This is Washington weather," said Eric Ransom, a D.C. resident. "I understand we've going to have four more days of a hundred or above."
Vehicles broke down on the 14th Street Bridge and the Capital Beltway in Maryland before noon. AAA Motorist Assistance responded to twice as many calls Thursday as they usually do.
Like other motorists, Britney Saunders was stuck in a hot, broken down car with her newborn baby while she waited for a tow. At Reagan National Airport Thursday evening, it doesn't look like it can get any hotter than the steamy tarmac -- unless your destination is a scorching seat.
Crystal Cooper's car cooked in the parking lot all day. ABC7's heat gun showed the temperature inside to be 116 degrees.
People flee outside sauna for air-conditioned spaces
Since these blistering conditions will stick around for another couple days maybe we should all prepare like Laverne Jones.
"This is the first time I've been out in two days," Jones said Thursday evening. "It feels very, very hot." She's content to stay home with her 5, 5-gallon jugs of water.
The heat can pose serious danger, with patients showing up at emergency room for heat-related illnesses. "We are actually seeing some heat strokes," Dr. Banks said.
One-hundred-degree temperatures also alter our every day lives. From a run through the park, to a dinner at a restaurant outside, simple joys become a drag when the weather gets this hot.
Outdoor seating is usually sought after on summer nights, but on Thursday chairs and tables on sidewalks remained vacant. "Everybody wants to get out of the heat and sit indoors in the A.C.," said Josh Hahn, owner of Logan Tavern.
Seats also remained empty at the Washington Kastles season ender at home.
Coffee shops, too, were feeling the heat wave. Some have switched their regular steamy brew for the iced variety. "They are all wanting the iced coffee, nobody wants the hot coffee cause it's just too hot out," said Hayde Ramirez, who works at Java House.
Outside workers try to ease heat's drain
Proper hydration is a must, but beverage vendor Helbert Morrison isn't busy: The sweltering conditions outside are keeping customers inside. "When the weather is like this they go in the museums and they stay," he said.
Authorities recommended that people stay indoors during this heat. But for some workers, there was no way to get out of the heat. The sheriff says that authorities have put out a bulletin alerting emergency responders to be ready for heat-related emergencies.
In the hottest town in the region, Remington, Va., in Fauquier County, the heat index reached a blistering 124 degrees. The heat index is what it actually feels like outside and is calculated by combining the actual temperature and humidity.
Yet even on the hottest day of the year, people were lining up for freshly-made food at the Farmer's Wife Bakery, where the ovens were on full blast.
Owner Lori Andes is using the air conditioner and every fan she has but says it's still a challenge to keep all the fresh milk and ice cream cold.