NOAA’s National Weather Service Issues D.C. Forecast for Inauguration Day
Offers Winter Weather Safety Tips
January 12, 2009
The National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office is issuing its 7-day forecasts for the Washington region including Inauguration Day. The forecast is available online around the clock and will be updated regularly.
The weather service advises all who are planning to come to the National Mall in Washington this weekend to be prepared for some of the coldest weather of the season and pay attention to the following winter weather safety information.
Cold Weather Safety Tips:
- Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing to create pockets of insulating warm air.
- Wear wool or fleece fabrics, not cotton as it dries slowly; warm socks with a thermal sock liner; comfortable, closed shoes; a scarf, hat and earmuffs to prevent loss of body heat; a water repellent, hooded outer garment to add extra protection; and mittens instead of gloves to keep hands warm.
- Walk around or move in place to increase circulation and generate additional body heat.
- Drink warm beverages.
- Do not drink alcohol as it will cause a loss of body heat by dilating blood vessels.
- Seek shelter indoors periodically to warm up.
- Take extra precaution with the elderly and very young as they are most at-risk.
Cold Weather Dangers and Warning Signs:
- Frostbite is damage to body tissue caused by exposure to extreme cold. Warning signs include a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose.
- Hypothermia is a potentially fatal condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 95 degrees F. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.
If you experience any of the warning signs of frost bite or hypothermia, seek medical attention immediately.
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