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D.C. area coping with near-record temperatures

- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WASHINGTON | As temperature head to the upper 90s, governments in the D.C.-area are taking steps to help keep residents cool.

The National Weather Service says Reagan National Airport could break a record high of 96 degrees set in 1980 on Wednesday. But meteorologist Jared Klein says it's less likely that records will be broken at Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Washington opened public pools early on Wednesday to help people cope with the heat and some pools will also close later.

Prince George's County announced that it has opened several cooling centers through Saturday to give people without air conditioning a place to cool off.

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