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There were three heat-related emergencies in Montgomery County Saturday. Fire crews are bracing for even more Sunday as the heat wave continues. 

In fact, officials in several jurisdictions are gearing up to do battle if more bad weather comes our way.

Utility crews have chipped away at the bulk of the outages, but not everyone's back online..so they press on.. including a 70 member contingent from Delaware.

"There's nothing better than seeing the lights come on," Chris Whalen of Delmarva Power said.

Postal worker Dorothy Shaw has weathered this heat wave the best way she can even though someone forgot to add searing heat to the list of things that won't stop mail deliveries.

"Drinking water, taking breaks, slowing down a bit," Shaw says. " It's July. That's it. It's July."

The temperature in Dupont circle--was a mind boggling 108 degrees at 7: 30 pm Saturday. Highway signs warn of the extreme heat too.

Assistant Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott graham has already told fire crews to start hydrating Saturday night in anticipation of another scorcher Sunday. That's good advice for anyone who has to work outside.

"Eight ounces of water for every hour you have to work outside is a good rule of thumb," Graham says.

And just because you've weathered the heat wave so far, now is not the time to get complacent. 

"Check on your neighbors. If you don't have air-conditioning, go to a cooling center. Non-emergencies call 311. And if you don't have to be out in the heat Sunday-don't," Graham cautions.

Montgomery County emergency officials have scheduled a noon conference call on Sunday to go over resources and make sure enough are in place if more bad weather moves in.

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