Two scoops of ice cream in a waffle cone from Happy Ice Cream in Washington, D.C.
Scoops from Happy Ice Cream Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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The “heat dome” that’s settled over the Southwestern U.S. is raising temperatures and 100 million people, Washingtonians among them, are under excessive heat advisories. In D.C. this weekend, temperatures could surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in six years. While it might be tempting to head east toward the shore to cool off, that might not be feasible or even all that cooling—sand gets hot! Your friends here at Washington City Paper have compiled a list of ways to fight the heat wave and stay cool that don’t require you to leave the metro area.

Hit the Pool

The Department of Parks and Recreation has extended outdoor pool hours in all eight wards from today through Sunday. Have a good time splashing about, but don’t be surprised if you find them crowded. Pools with extended hours will operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ward 1: Banneker Pool, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW

Ward 2: Volta Park Pool, 1555 34th St. NW

Ward 3: Hearst Pool, 3701 37th St. NW

Ward 4: Upshur Pool, 4300 Arkansas Ave. NW

Ward 5: Harry Thomas Sr. Pool, 1743 Lincoln Road NE, and Langdon Park Pool, 2860 Mills Ave. NE

Ward 6: Randall Pool, 25 I St. SW

Ward 7: Ridge Road Pool, 830 Ridge Road SE, and Rosedale Pool, 1701 Gales St. NE

Ward 8: Fort Stanton Pool, 1800 Erie St. SE, and Oxon Run Pool, 501 Mississippi Ave. SE

Visit a Cooling Center

Outdoor pools aren’t the only public place to cool off. The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has compiled a list of places Washingtonians can cool off, including libraries, rec centers, indoor pools, and spray parks. 

Entertain Yourself

Sometimes, the best place to beat the heat is a theater. Perhaps this is the weekend to check out one of the recommendations from our film critics?

If theater is what you’re looking for, the Capital Fringe Festival runs through Sunday. Check out our reviews from the first weekend of the festival online. 

Eat Something Cold

If all else fails, there’s always ice cream. This is the weekend to visit Happy Ice Cream on 17th Street NW. 

Caroline Jones (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com

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By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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