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On high-heat days, homeless shelters in the District remain open beyond their usual 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. hours, and some senior citizen public housing buildings open their community rooms as cooling centers, she said.
"We did activate [Monday] as well," Mrs. Countee said. "We weren't certain the heat index was going to hit the target. It was so close, so warm that [our director] decided to err on the side of caution."