Heat Advisory


Heat Advisory


Heat advisories, ozone warning days, and humidity that can kill a goo=
d hair day in one second flat. Ahhh, summer in Washington.

As you may know, the next few days are going to be extremely hot. But =
before you decide that it’s hopeless to combat it, think again. There rea=
lly are some strategies you can employ that really can take the heat of=
f and can make a big difference in how comfortable you are as you wait on=
the platform or find yourself in a crowded train.

1) Cool and plentiful water really is your best friend during the dog=
days of summer. Be sure to bring along a water bottle, and consider toti=
ng it in a small, insulated bag to keep it cool. And remember, drink the =
water even if you don’t feel thirsty, because thirst kicks in only when o=
ne percent to two percent of body weight is already lost. (Remember too t=
hat caffeine and alcoholic beverages will dehydrate you rather than hydra=
te you!)

2) Look into small, battery operated hand-held fans and misters sold i=
n many drugstores and online to give yourself a cooling break. Or, carry =
along a washcloth so that you can wet it with your water bottle and pat y=
our wrists, face and the back of your neck for a quick cool down.

3) Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose fitting clothing.

4) Ditch jackets and pants with linings for the summer, as the lining =
can trap heat in hot weather.

5) Seek shade, even if it means carrying a light umbrella or parasol t=
o help ward off the worst of the sun’s rays. Wear a hat with a wide brim.=

6) Don’t avoid the outdoors completely: going outdoors regularly can h=
elp build up your heat tolerance. Did you know that to prepare for summer=
athletics, it takes 10 to 14 days of regular exercise in the heat, slowl=
y building up to intense workouts at the hottest times of the day, before=
an athlete can safely (and comfortably) work out in the heat? The same b=
asic notion applies to just being out in the heat … if you’re not used =
to it, you’re more at risk for heat-related illness. If you still get ove=
rheated, pay attention to what your body is telling you. The warning sign=
s of heat exhaustion vary, but they’re often hard to ignore as they may i=

=C2=95Heavy sweating

=C2=95Muscle cramps



=C2=95Nausea or vomiting

=C2=95Paleness, tiredness and dizziness.

Heat stroke is more serious, with warning signs including:

=C2=95An extremely high body temperature (above 103° Fahrenheit, =


=C2=95Dizziness, nausea and confusion

=C2=95Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)

=C2=95Rapid and strong pulse

=C2=95Throbbing headache.

The summer heat is not something to ignore, so please take precautions=
and don’t overdo it. Our trains are air conditioned, most platforms are =
shaded, and the walks from train to car are not long. Please, take it ea=
sy when the mercury climbs to dangerous levels!

As you prepare for the heat, VRE as well as our partners are pre=
paring for it as well. Please note that heat-related speed restrictions a=
re likely to be in effect for the Fredericksburg Line in the afternoon, w=
hich means the southbound trains will be delayed. How long the delay depe=
nds on which station you are going to; if you are going to Franconia/Spri=
ngfield or Lorton, you’ll probably not notice the two minute delay. Howev=
er, if you are going all the way to Fredericksburg, it is about an eleven=
minute delay when it is all said and done.

These speed restrictions are for your safety and also for your s=
afety, we hope that you take our advice to carry a bottle of water and st=
ay hydrated.

Thank you for riding VRE.



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