Cool thoughts for a hot day in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

Cross country skiing on the Mall, March 2, 2009. (Kevin Ambrose)

A couple enjoys cross country skiing on the National Mall, March 2, 2009. (Kevin Ambrose)

As our heat wave continues, I thought I’d post some winter weather photos to help bring some cool thoughts to your day.  Most of these photos have appeared in past CWG posts, but never during the summer.  Enjoy the photos in all of their frigid and snowy glory.  At least you are not outside shoveling the driveway or sidewalk today!

If you do have outdoor activities today, drink plenty of water and follow these hot weather tips from the CDC.  And, in addition, you can always think snow.  Perhaps, some cool thoughts may help just a little bit to make it through this heat wave.

Snowmen in Washington, December 5, 2009.  (Ian Livingston)

Happy faces on snowmen in Washington, D.C., December 5, 2009. (Ian Livingston)

Deep snow covers the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial steps after Snowmageddon, February 12, 2010.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Deep snow cover has buried the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool, February 12, 2010. (Kevin Ambrose)

Snow falls on the White House during an early December snowstorm, December 5, 2007.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Snow falls on the White House during an early December snowstorm, December 5, 2007. (Kevin Ambrose)

Snow falls on Georgetown, January 30, 2010.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Snow falls at Georgetown University, January 30, 2010. (Kevin Ambrose)

Deep, drifting snow on the Mall, February 12, 2010.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Snow has drifted over the seats of park benches on the Mall, February 12, 2010. (Kevin Ambrose)

Snow falls on the Jefferson Memorial, January 30, 2005.  (Kevin Ambrose)

The Jefferson Memorial with snow, January 30, 2005. (Kevin Ambrose)

A frozen Tidal Basin viewed from the top of the Washington Monument.  Note the icicles created from snow melt on the monument.  (Kevin Ambrose)

This view of the frozen Tidal Basin was photographed from the top of the Washington Monument on January 12, 2011. Note, the icicles were created from melting snow near the monument’s windows.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Snow frosts the rocks at Great Falls, January 24, 2013.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Snow coats the rocks at Great Falls, January 24, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

Heavy snow falls at the Manassas National Battlefield Park, March 6, 2013.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Heavy snow plasters the statue of Stonewall Jackson at the Manassas National Battlefield Park, March 6, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

Christmas in July?  Not a chance, but many of us are looking forward to Autumn and Winter.  This photo was taken during the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree on December 5, 2007.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Christmas in July? Not a chance, but many of us are already looking forward to autumn and winter. This photo was taken during the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree on December 5, 2007. (Kevin Ambrose)

A man sizes up the task of digging out his car, February 6, 2010.  (Ian Livingston)

A man evaluates the enormous task of digging out his car near Cleveland Park after Snowmageddon, February 6, 2010. (Ian Livingston)

Fresh snow on the Marine Corps Memorial, January 27, 2009.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Fresh snow coats the Marine Corps Memorial, January 27, 2009. (Kevin Ambrose)

A snow panorama from Mount Vernon, December 24, 2009.  (Kevin Ambrose)

A snowy panorama of Mount Vernon, December 24, 2009. (Kevin Ambrose)

Ice skating on the Potomac River, January 1977.  (Washington Post)

The ice skating conditions were perfect on the Potomac River during much of January 1977. (Washington Post)

Sleigh riding in Rock Creek Park, January 24, 1935.  (Library of Congress)

Sleigh riding in Rock Creek Park was a fun and fashionable pastime many decades ago, January 24, 1935. (Washington Post)

Ice skating on the Reflecting Pool, January 27, 1922.  (Library of Congress)

The Reflecting Pool was a public ice skating rink during cold waves, January 27, 1922. (Library of Congress)

A snow hut after the Blizzard of 1888, March 12, 1888.  (Library of Congress)

A snow hut was built on Capitol Hill for street car attendants after the Blizzard of 1888, March 12, 1888. (Library of Congress)

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