DC hypothermia alert issued for Wednesday night

WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The District said a hypothermia alert for the city would go into effect at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

D.C. said the alert was in response to a report by the National Weather Service (NWS) that the temperature would hit 37 degrees but would feel like 35 degrees due to wind chill.

These temperatures increase the risk for hypothermia (a dangerous drop below normal body temperature) and frostbite.

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Here are some tips that you can take to protect yourself:

  • Stay inside if you can.

  • Cover up and limit exposed skin when you go outside.

  • Check on your neighbors and learn the signs of hypothermia.

  • Call 311 or the shelter hotline at 202-399-7093 to request accessible shelter transport for individuals experiencing homelessness or who may have disabilities.

  • Call the Humane Rescue Alliance at 202-723-5730 for all animal emergencies, including animals left outside in extreme temperatures.

For additional cold weather information and ways to be prepared for it, click here.

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