Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, July 19.
An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect today across the DMV from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Temperatures will be near 100 degrees in the afternoon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, causing the heat index to near 100 to 115 degrees. Officials are warning that this is considered life-threatening heat. (WUSA9)
Metro has yet to release the first version of a SmarTrip app it had proposed last year, which would allow riders to use their smartphones as SmarTrip cards while riding. Other transportation services in the area such as the Fairfax Connector buses are considering moving forward with developing their own apps rather than waiting for WMATA. (WTOP)
If you’re visiting the National Zoo this weekend and want to see the giant pandas, plan to arrive early. The pandas have all-day access to air conditioning and tend to take longer naps in the cooler space when temperatures are high, so they will most likely only be out in the early morning. (WTOP)
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been started by the Westover Village Civic Association to raise money for Arlington residents impacted by flood damage during the flash floods earlier this month. The campaign has a $50,000 goal and has raised $8,510 in three days. (GoFundMe)