Hot Weather Tips for Keeping Cool


  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids like water, even if you’re not thirsty.
  • Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay cool by staying indoors during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully and wear sunscreen.
  • If you exercise outdoors, go in the morning or evening hours.
  • Eat light, regular meals — avoid hot foods and heavy meals.
  • Never leave anyone — infants, children, or pets — in a parked car.
  • Know the signs of heat-related illness — these include:
    • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
    • Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
    • Rapid, strong pulse
    • Throbbing headache

Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. For more information on how to prepare, how to stay safe, and how to respond to signs of heat-related illness, visit’s Extreme Heat section.

Power Outages and Avoiding “Brownouts”

Cool Spots Around Arlington

Cooling Assistance

Arlington County provides assistance with home cooling expenses (applications must be filed annually).

  • Repairs or purchases cooling equipment and/or pays for electricity to operate cooling equipment
  • Completed applications are accepted June 15th through August 15th. Benefit amount is determined by the state and differs each year.
  • Bill Assistance: Arlington also administers Virginia’s Cooling Assistance Program, which provides relief from summer cooling bills for qualifying Arlington households. Applications may be obtained and submitted June 15-Aug. 15 at 2100 Washington Blvd., First Floor, Arlington, VA 22204. For more information call 703-228-1350.

At-Risk Groups — Children, Teens & Seniors

Keep Pets Safe in Summer

Animal Welfare League of Arlington offers tips to help keep pets safe in hot temperatures. The Humane Society of the United States also has how and where to cool animals down when temperatures soar.

Summer Camp Program Weather Policy

  • When the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments issues a Code Red or Code Purple advisory:
    • Summer Camps will cancel outdoor activities and outdoor field trips (including swim trips). Alternative indoor activities will be offered.
  • In the event of thunder, lightning, heavy rain or severe conditions:
    • Summer Camps will cancel outdoor activities and outdoor field trips unless conditions improve. Alternative indoor activities will be offered.

Additional Resources