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5 deaths from heat-related illnesses in DC region despite brutal summer weather

5 deaths from heat-related illnesses in DC region despite brutal summer weather

The extreme heat that smothered the Washington region this summer has already claimed five lives, according to state officials. Four heat-related deaths were reported in Maryland and one in Virginia.

Since Wednesday morning, the region has been battling through another severe heat wave, with heat indices again forecast to exceed 38 degrees. Elected officials are preparing for more heat-related illnesses and possible deaths and are warning residents to be cautious.

“We encourage residents to stay hydrated and limit outdoor activities as much as possible,” Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) said Friday. “It’s also important to check on family, friends and neighbors during extreme heat, especially seniors, families with young children, people with special needs or those living alone.”

Of the five reported deaths from heat-related illness, four occurred in Prince George’s, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s weekly heat-related illness surveillance report. Two of the dead were between 45 and 64 years old, two were older than 65. All four were men. According to Maryland data, nine people died due to heat in 2023.

Virginia state authorities reported one heat-related death but did not provide further details.

This story will be updated.