Has this heat wave been over-covered and over-hyped?

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All week long, local and national media outlets (CWG included) have featured headlines on the extreme heat and its hazards. 

We’ve seen (and sometimes resorted to) many of the usual heat wave gimmicks: going around the city with digital thermometers, frying eggs on the sidewalk, asking people how they’re beating the heat, and sharing pictures of snow to conjure up cooler thoughts.

But has the heat wave been that bad?

On the one hand, it has produced five straight 95-degree or higher days in D.C., heat indices as high as 110, and three record high overnight lows of 80 or higher.

On the other hand, it’s failed to produce a single record daytime high and the actual air temperatures have remained below the century mark.  Compared to the intensity and duration of heat waves in 2012 and 2011, 2013’s version hasn’t come close.

So, vote in our poll, and let us know if you think the heat coverage has been a little much, right on, or not enough…

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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