The National Weather Service reports the temperature is 86 degrees with a heat index of 95 degrees. The Heat Emergency Plan has been activated. MPD, FEMS, and the Ward Outreach have been notified. As temperatures rise, the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and DC Water urge those in the District to beat the heat without tampering with fire hydrants. Unauthorized hydrant use can hamper firefighting, damage the water system and cause injury. It can also flood streets, creating traffic dangers and it can lower the water pressure for everyone on the block.