Nice Start to the Week — Near-record Heat Tomorrow

Posted at 10 a.m.

It’s been a nice week weather-wise in Fairfax County. Temperatures have been warm, but hey — it’s August.

Summer wants to remind us that it’s still here and temperatures today will rise to near 90°F (Fahrenheit). Tomorrow it will be mostly sunny with a high near 94° — but the combination of heat and humidity may push heat indices to between 100° and 105° degrees Friday afternoon and early evening.

During extremely hot days, there is plenty you can do to stay cool; resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses. Take in a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of the Fairfax County Cooling Centers.

Also, please remember — Never leave a pet or child in a parked car.

Find the local forecast here and sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts here.

Cell Service to 9-1-1 Back to Normal

Posted at 8:40 a.m.

Sprint cellular service in the region has now returned to a normal status after overnight repairs.

If you continue to receive a busy signal when you call 9-1-1, you should attempt to text to 9-1-1, use a landline phone or use a cellphone covered by another provider.

Cell Service to 9-1-1 Still Affected

Posted at 8:30 p.m.

Sprint cellular service in the region is still affected due to a transformer fire in a Sprint facility.

If you receive a busy signal when you call 9-1-1, you should attempt to text to 9-1-1, use a landline phone or use a cellphone covered by another provider.

Full  cellular service for Sprint customers may return by tomorrow evening, Aug. 17.

Cell Service Impacted in Area; Text 9-1-1 if Calls Fail

Sprint cellular service is affected throughout the area.  If you receive a busy signal when you call 9-1-1, you should attempt to text to 9-1-1, use a landline phone or use a cellphone covered by another provider.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected to be Strongest Since 2012

Forecasters Now Expect 70 Percent Chance of 12-17 Named Storms

Posted at 9:30 a.m.

In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook — released last week — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is expected to be the most active since 2012.

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook updated

Image courtesy of NOAA

Forecasters now expect a 70 percent chance of 12-17 named storms of which 5-8 are expected to become hurricanes, including 2-4 major hurricanes. The initial outlook called for 10-16 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes and 1-4 major hurricanes.

The seasonal averages are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Get more information on hurricanes and hurricane preparedness.

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