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Loudoun Officials Advise Residents to Take Precautions Due to Excessive Heat

Loudoun Officials Advise Residents to Take Precautions Due to Excessive Heat

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Loudoun County, in effect from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2011, and Friday, July 22, 2011.

An excessive heat warning means that high temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s on Thursday and in the upper 90s or low 100s on Friday. But it will feel at times as if it’s 110 degrees. The worst of the heat is expected during the afternoon and early evening hours Thursday and Friday. The excessive heat will likely carry over into the weekend as well.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Loudoun County officials remind citizens to take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during this period of excessive heat: 

Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Loudoun County

From Loudoun Alert:

Virginia State Of Emergency

RICHMOND (WUSA) -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency Thursday after severe storms and tornadoes caused deaths throughout the state.

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State agencies are going to help local governments respond to the impact of the severe weather.

• The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state's response with increased staffing.

Coastal Flood Warning

STERLING, Va. (WUSA) -- A coastal flood warning remains in effect for the area along the tidal Potomac River and western side of the Chesapeake Bay through tonight.

The NWS also issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams in: Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Culpeper County, Southern Fauquier County and Stafford County until 10:15 p.m.

Below are previous updates on weather Thursday evening:



SNOW in Leesburg Tonight

It's been more than a month since Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob and failed to see his shadow. And after back-to-back chilly winters in Northern Virginia, residents were pleased. Presumably, the snow, sleet, and ice were a thing of the past. At least until next winter.

But tonight, with forecasted rain and temperatures hovering above the freezing mark, it snowed in Northern Virigina. Indeed, it seems that signals between Phil and Mother Nature were crossed because NoVA residents experienced snow accumulation, albeit slight, with only two weeks to go until the official start of spring.

Open Burning Restricted in Loudoun County: February 15 - April 30

Open Burning Restricted in Loudoun County: February 15 - April 30

From Loudoun County (VA) --- The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office is reminding citizens that open burning is restricted in Loudoun County between February 15 and April 30. The regulations, which prohibit open air fires between the hours of midnight and 4:00 p.m., are enforced by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal. Known as the 4:00 p.m. law, these restrictions are in place due to the potential for rapid fire spread across woodland and grassland areas that is the result of dry outdoor fuels, high winds and temperature increases that are normally present in the late winter and early spring seasons.

Sterling National Weather Services Tracking Earl

STERLING, Va. (WUSA) -- Hundreds of miles from the eye of the storm, meteorologists at the National Weather Service offices in Northern Virginia kept a close eye on Hurricane Earl. However, with the storm just giving the Delmarva a brush, the offices stayed fairly low-key Friday morning.

Meteorologist Chris Strong with the National Weather Service said the hurricane will be a "non-issue" for the immediate Washington area. He said after the morning clouds with the chance of a few sprinkles, it will turn into a sunny and warm day.