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Heat wave takes aim at region

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — After an Independence Day weekend with relatively low humidity, Mother Nature will drive the mercury back up across the region this week.

The National Weather Service has placed most of the Washington area, including Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford counties, under an excessive heat advisory until late Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to shoot above the 100-degree mark this week, up to 103 in some places, according to the weather service.

It’s going to get even hotter in places to the west, along Virginia’s Interstate 81 corridor, according to the weather service.

“The combination of excessive heat and humidity will create a situation in which heat-related illnesses and fatalities are possible. The very young and elderly are most at risk. Drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun in an air-conditioned room and check up on relatives and neighbors,” stated a NWS advisory.

The hot weather brings with it only a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms both Wednesday and Thursday nights, according to the weather service.

Less than a tenth of an inch of rain could fall in the region, unless localized thunderstorms bring higher amounts to some areas, the forecast stated.

High heat on Monday took its toll on fire crews responding to a fire at a single family home in the 3800 block of Jocelyn Drive in Lake Ridge, about 5 p.m.

No one was injured, but a second alarm was called in about 30 minutes later after the heat and humidity became too much for the first batch of fire and rescue crews on the scene, said Prince William Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Joseph Robertson.

The fire was extinguished and the Prince William Chapter of the Red Cross was called in to assist the residents of the home, he said.

(Photo: Mary Davidson)

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