As many of you who are residents in DC have probably figured out by now, DC gets really hot and muggy in the summer. Though it may not be as brutal as South Carolina or Georgia, summertime in DC will leave you sweating with its high humidity rates, and August might just be the worst month of heat. So, whether you are living in DC, or you’re just visiting for a summer vacation, it is vital that you stay cool and hydrating throughout the day (and night). Here are some tips for how to stay cool in the DC summer heat:
First, drink plenty of water and consumer cold treats. There are plenty of vendors throughout the city, particularly near tourist attractions like museums, monuments, and the White House, that sell ice cold water and frozen desserts such as ice cream and ice pops, among others. You should be drinking at least 2 liters of water per day, but with the heat, you’re even better off drinking 3 (a gallon of water). In addition, don’t hesitate to use the cold water bottles as ice packs to instantly cool your neck, arms, and face. Some of DC’s most famous treats, such as Rita’s Water, are delicious and cooling – ranging from Italian ices to frozen custards.
In addition to drinking plenty of water, cool down by enjoying the multiple water sources that surround the city. According to an article published by Viator.com, “Without needing to leave the city, you can spend a day canoeing or kayaking on the Potomac River. If you have the means and time to venture out of the city, consider going tubing or rafting near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, an easy day trip from DC,” (Waite, How to Stay Cool During a DC Summer). So pack a bathing suit to switch into after work and cool off either in the Potomac River, or surrounding beach areas that are relatively close to DC.
Next, take the metro! Just because this underground system of transportation isn’t as elaborate as New York’s, doesn’t mean it’s not well air conditioned and refreshingly cold during the hot summer months. Although walking may seem faster at times, the metro will help you cool down for a few minutes and get away from the blazing sun.
Lastly, as a tourist or a resident of DC, you should be utilizing the abundant, wonderful museums that DC has to offer – all of which have air conditioning and will shield you from the sun. So not only will you be able to cool off from the hot streets, but you’ll learn about art, history, and plenty more just by spending some time in the museums. Some favorites are the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art.
For more information on how to stay cool in the sweltering heat of Washington, DC, check out this article published on Viator.com, and find out more activities you can participate in that will help you cool down.