Mayor Bowser has declared a heat emergency in anticipation of near 100-degree temperatures this weekend. (

By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. Editor

It is going to be HOT this weekend. With anticipated weekend temperatures ranging between 95 and 100 degrees, Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a heat emergency through Monday. District officials do not want you to try and “tough this one out.”     

Cooling Centers and Pools will be open for extended hours, allowing District residents to get relief from the weekend’s extreme heat, according to D.C. Parks and Recreation.  

Cooling centers provide an indoor, air-conditioned space for anyone living without access to air conditioning.  Parks and Recreation officials made a special appeal for senior citizens and persons living with homelessness to find a cooling center this weekend.  

Eleven D.C. pools will also be open for extended hours this weekend. One outdoor pool in each ward will be open from 10 m through 8 pm Friday through Sunday. 

Another alternative to stay cool is Friday night’s late night pool party at the Woody Ward Recreation Center at 5100 Southern Ave. S.E. The pool will remain open until 11 pm. 

Finally, D.C. operates spray parks in each ward of the District. Come for a few minutes to cool off or stay for a while. 

The Afro featured an article on area public pools earlier this month. District residents have free access to any of D.C.’s indoor pools this weekend. 

If you don’t have access to any of these facilities and need to get out of the heat, go to a public library, hospital, sheltered park or other public facility.

Pools, cooling centers and spay parks are open all weekend to get relief from the extreme heat expected in D.C. this weekend. (Photo credit: Deborah Bailey)

Heat is the most dangerous weather element to human beings. Once core body temperature rises, heat exhaustion or heat stoke can happen much quicker than scientists originally thought, according to new research from Pennsylvania State University.   

A list of cooling centers, extended hour pool facilities, and spray parks is listed below.  

EXTENDED HOUR POOLS – 10 am – 8 pm Friday through Sunday

  • Ward 1: Banneker Pool
  • Ward 2: Volta Park Pool
  • Ward 3: Hearst Pool
  • Ward 4: Upshur Pool
  • Ward 5: Langdon Park Pool and Harry Thomas Sr. Pool
  • Ward 6: Randall Pool
  • Ward 7: Ridge Road Pool and Rosedale Pool
  • Ward 8: Fort Stanton Pool and Oxon Run Pool

 D.C. Emergency Cooling Centers  

For Senior Citizens:

  • Arthur Capper, 900 5th St. SE, 202-546-1024
  • Carroll Apartments, 410 M St. SE, 202-727-4069
  • Fort Lincoln, 2855 Bladensburg Road NE, 202-576-6370
  • Garfield, 2301 11th St. NW, 202-362-7452
  • Horizon House, 1150 12th St. NW, 202-682-9395
  • James Apartments, 1425 N St. NW, 202-673-2387
  • Knox Hill, 2700 Jasper St. SE, 202-727-4005
  • LeDroit, 2125 4th St. NW, 202-238-0483
  • Sibley Plaza, 1140 N. Capitol St. NW, 202-289-0095
  • Regency House, 5201 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-362-4445

For persons living with homelessness:

  • Open Door Shelter for Women, 425 2nd St. NW (North Entrance)
  • Catholic Charities 801 East Men’s Shelter, 801 East Building, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
  • New York Avenue Men’s Emergency Shelter, 1355 New York Ave. NE
  • Adam’s Place Emergency Shelter (Men) 2210 Adam’s Place NE
  • John L. Young Center for Women 425 D St. NW
  • DC General Building #9 (Women), 1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE

General Cooling Centers 

  • One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St., NW, 202-724-8613
  • Frank D. Reeves Center (Lobby), 2000 14th St. NW, 202-671-057
  • King Office Building (Lobby), 3720 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, 202-279-1800
  • Virginia Williams Shelter for Families 920 Rhode Island Ave. NE

Spray Parks

 The District operates 34 spray parks with multiple choices available in each ward. Most spray parks will be open from 10 am – 8 p this weekend. Find one here:

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