Sweltering heat wave melts D.C. region

      Summer is in full force across the D.C. region as temperatures are expected to climb to near 100 degrees Friday and, when you factor in the humidity, it'll feel like it's even hotter outside.

      The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory, effective from 11 a.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday. With the heat and humidity combined, forecasters say it will feel like its at least 105 degrees during the day.

      City officials have plans in place to help people cope with the scorching heat.

      The District of Columbia says it plans to operate its Department of Motor Vehicles' Inspection Station on special hours because of forecast high heat.

      The DMV says it will have special hours on Friday and Saturday. On both days the station will be open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Normal hours during the summer are from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DMV says it is making the change to ensure the safety of employees and customers.

      Metro is also helping out by allowing passengers to carry water bottles and consume them on trains and buses.

      A number of cooling centers will be open in areas throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to assist people in getting out of the searing heat.

      Here are some heat tips from Baltimore Gas and Electric:

      Set thermostats at 78 degrees or higher if health allows. Every degree above 72 degrees saves 5 to 7 percent on cooling costs.

      Delay the use of major, heat-generating household appliances such as ovens, stoves, dishwashers and dryers until after 9 p.m. when the temperature begins to drop.

      Take shorter hot showers. Heating water is the second biggest energy drain in the home.

      Turn off non-essential appliances, electronics and other devices.

      Turn on ceiling fans, with blades rotating counter-clockwise.

      Use an outdoor grill or microwave instead of the stove or oven.

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