Allie Marsinko, 5, of Connellsville, Pa., cools off by running through a sprinkler on the Mall. (By Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

The question is, how do we deal/avoid/overcome the weather?

Strategy 1: Feed a fever. The Soul Factory Theatre Church in Forestville will be giving away more than 2,000 popsicles between 4 and 6:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road Metro station. Praise the Lord and pass the popsicles!

Strategy 2: Dunk your head. The city has opened its public pools early — after 4 p.m., go ahead with the full-body immersion.

Strategy 3: Hide! The Farmer’s Market at Wilson Boulevard and N. Oak Street has been canceled due to excessive heat. The Lunchtime Concert in Rosslyn was likewise canned.

Strategy 4: Do as Sgt. Mick Belcker of Hill Street Blues did, telling his mother, who didn’t have A/C (this may not be an exact quote): “Get in the bathtub. Turn on the cool water. Stay there.”

Strategy 5: Get outta the house. Here is a list of resource links to other cooling centers.

How are you beating the heat? Tell us on Twitter by using #DCHeat or in the comments below. And send us your photos so we can share the pain.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.