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Boston declares heat emergency through weekend as heat index up to 105 predicted

Sean Philip Cotter, Boston Herald on

Published in Weather News

BOSTON — Boston is hot right now.

And it’s going to stay that way throughout the weekend, leading Mayor Michelle Wu to declare the second multiday heat emergency of the past few weeks.

Wu on Wednesday announced that the heat emergency will go into effect Thursday, a day when forecasters predict the mercury could tickle the 100 mark.

The National Weather Service right now is predicting highs of 99, 97, 90, 92 and 90 from Thursday through Monday in Boston proper. The feds have issued a heat advisory for Thursday and Friday, noting that “Heat index values up to 105 expected.”

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” the NWS continues.

In Boston, Wu said the city will be opening cooling centers at 16 Boston Centers for Youth & Families sites from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, a typical city response to scorching temperatures.

 

“We’re working quickly to make sure all of our Boston residents and families are protected during this week’s extremely hot weather,” Wu said in a statement. “I urge everyone to stay cool and safe, and check on your neighbors during the week.”

The city says that during the late July heat wave that also caused an extended heat emergency with multiple days over 90 and one hitting 100 for the first time in years, Boston EMS experienced a 15%-20% rise in daily 911 calls.

Boston Public Library locations are available for residents to seek relief from the heat, the city says — and some, including East Boston and Egleston Square, have misters in their outdoor free Wi-Fi zones.

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