Region sweats as heat wave continues
Sweltering heat Tuesday caused havoc throughout the D.C. region, with dozens of calls for heat-related emergencies, residents left sweating after their air conditioning broke down and the Metro Red Line single tracking.
It reached into the high 90s and came close to breaking some records. The record at Reagan National is 99 degrees, 97 at BWI Thurgood Marshall and 97 at Dulles Airport.
D.C. extended the hours of pool hours because of the heat to try to bring relief to some of the city’s residents.
"I have extended the hours at all of our pools so that residents can cool off during these high temperatures," said Mayor Vincent Gray in a statement. "The operating hours at most outdoor pools have been extended by at least an hour."
One family from Houston, Texas, said they suffered through the days heat.
“We feel like we're Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” said Sonya Kerr. “We trekked in a taxi, down a subway, up escalators that don't work."
The Red Line, meanwhile, was forced to single track between Takoma and Forest Glen because of a heat-related issues.
When Michelle Parker heard the temperatures were going to reach near the triple digits, she began to worry. She passed out on Monday from walking up some stairs. She’s recovering from a heart attack, suffers from epilepsy, asthma and is fighting to bring her weight down, which is over 300 pounds.
She has no air conditioning and uses only fans to stay cool. When it’s 95 degrees out it feels like 105 inside the small apartment she shares with her mother.
Julius Crowder, however, takes living without air conditioning very philosophically. He has lived 40 years in hi Columbia Heights home and knows that heat and the summer go hand in hand.
The price to cool down his house is too steep, so he’s learned to cope. But he admits that if he had A.C., he wouldn’t spend his afternoon on his front porch.
“You all wouldn't see me out front right now,” he said. “I'd be right inside.”