Peak heat index forecast by NOAA for Saturday.

THURSDAY UPDATE: We have stopped tracking votes and named the winner. Click here to find out

From Wednesday: Tuesday evening, I cautioned that NOAA predicted a peak heat index of 116 on Friday in Washington, D.C. The region hasn’t experienced a reading that high in years. And NOAA’s latest prediction for Saturday’s peak heat index is 115. Ouch. This heat wave certainly merits a name.

Thanks to all of our blog readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans, we received a huge number of name suggestions. We were most impressed by your creativity. A team of Capital Weather Gang contributors sifted through them all and we have narrowed them down to a half dozen finalists.

Vote for your favorite below. The top vote-getter as of noon (ET) Thursday will be crowned the winner.

Keep reading after the jump for a list of all the submissions...

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