Last week was about severe storms - this week is about the heat.
The past two years, we've had heat waves in early April - not so much this year with the wettest April on record and one of the most active severe weather seasons to date. But that doesn't mean we can forget about the heat on the way.
While we don't have advisories or warnings in the Shenandoah Valley or Potomac Highlands, they have been issued for our neighbors to the east. Along and east of the Blue Ridge, we're expecting heat indicies above 100º Monday and Tuesday - this includes the metro areas of Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
What this means for you? Lots of H2O! I cannot stress enough how important it is to hydrate constantly in weather like this. Many of us will be outside for ceremonies, parades, and even some cookouts Monday afternoon - just be conscious of how much water you're taking in (and for the adults, for each alcoholic or caffeinated beverage you drink, have one big glass of water! Alcohol and caffeine dehydrate you more). Another important accessory this week will be the bottle of sunscreen. UV index stays at 10 or above for Monday & Tuesday, which means you can burn in a matter of minutes without protection.
As kids head back to school tomorrow, I'd throw a frozen water bottle in the backpack (always my course of action during hot weather in our non-air conditioned schools).
Should we hit 90º or higher Mon-Wed - it would be our first heat wave of the season.