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The sweltering temperatures from the three-day heat wave are starting to drop Saturday in the D.C. region with thunderstorms coming in.

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The sweltering temperatures from the three-day heat wave are starting to drop Saturday in the D.C. region with thunderstorms coming in. Here’s what you need to know.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of Northern Virginia and Maryland until 4:30 p.m. with storms coming in from the Northwest.

Also, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 9 p.m. in the area. According to 7News meteorologist Mark Peña, strong storms will come in and bring the threat for gusty, damaging winds that may knock over trees and power lines.

A heat advisory is still in effect until 8 p.m. on Saturday, with residents urged by local leaders to stay cool and hydrated.

A cold front should swing into the region on Saturday night, finally offering relief from the heat. WTOP meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli says that northwesterly winds will bring cooler and less humid weather for the second half of the weekend.

“The weekend will start with more oppressive heat, humidity, and nasty thunderstorms before quieter and refreshing weather returns by Sunday,” Prinzivalli said.

Where to beat the heat and stay cool

D.C. is urging residents to stay cool and hydrated, check on older adults and other vulnerable neighbors, keep pets indoors and wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.

The District has activated its Hot Weather Emergency through Sunday. D.C. spray parks and recreation centers have extended hours through Sunday, and cooling centers throughout the District will be available for those seeking relief from the heat.

Christopher Rodriguez, director of the District’s homeland security agency, said that Mayor Muriel Bowser’s declaration of a hot weather emergency this week allows the city to open cooling centers and other facilities so residents can beat the heat.

He urged residents to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, and to avoid strenuous activities outdoors whenever possible. A list of the District’s cooling centers can be found online.

“Do not underestimate the impact that this heat emergency is going to have on you. I know there’s a lot of people out there who want to go out for their runs, or want to spend a lot of time outside,” Rodriguez said.

“Limit your time outdoors, and make sure you stay hydrated. Because you’re dealing with triple-digit temperatures and the potential for a heat index of up to 110 degrees, you can very quickly feel those impacts.”

Additionally, D.C. Public Schools have canceled all outdoor activities through Sunday.

In Virginia

In Virginia, Fairfax County has activated its Heat Plan for Thursday and Friday. The county said its cooling centers will have supplies available, including bottled water, sunscreen, insect repellent and body wipes.

With the heat advisory, Loudoun County has designated some libraries, community centers and recreation centers to serve as cooling centers.

The City of Alexandria is offering cooling centers at its libraries and recreation centers. The Potomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain operates from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Prince William County has designated all its public libraries as cooling centers, and encourages residents to monitor the county’s Emergency Information Page in case any other cooling resources are announced.

In Maryland

In Maryland, Montgomery County has declared a heat emergency alert. In addition to cooling centers that are being made available to residents, passengers on Montgomery County Ride On buses will have access to free bottled water during service hours.

Anne Arundel County offers cooling centers in public libraries, some district police station lobbies and senior centers.

Calvert County has issued a Severe Heat Alert and has designated libraries and community centers as cooling centers.

In Charles County, cooling centers are available at the Capital Clubhouse, the Richard R. Clark Senior Center, Nanjemoy Community Center and the Waldorf Senior & Recreational Center, as well as public libraries.

Prince George’s County offers cooling centers at some senior centers, community centers, recreation complexes and ice rinks. Residents are asked to check in at the facility’s front desk when they arrive.

Howard County has issued a Heat Alert and offers cooling centers at community centers, senior centers and libraries during their normal hours of operation. The county advises anybody who needs shelter or other assistance to call the Grassroots hotline at 410-531-6677.

Parts of the U.S., particularly the Southwest, have been battling blazing temperatures this month, and health experts urged people to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

Forecast:

SATURDAY: HEAT ALERT: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 9:00 p.m.: Heat advisory until 8 p.m. for surrounding areas, heat index up to 103, quick moving line of severe storms through about 7 p.m. Highs: Mid- to upper 90s. Winds: Southwest 10-15 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Scattered showers and storms ending around 10 p.m., mostly cloudy. Lows: Upper 60s to mid-70s. Winds: North 5-10 mph.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies, isolated shower is possible. Highs: Mid-80s. Winds: North 5-10 mph.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and less humid. Highs: Mid-80s. Winds: North 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY: Sunny. Highs: Mid-80s. Winds: Northeast 5-10 mph.

Current weather:

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino and Ivy Lyons contributed to this report.

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