Heat Emergency Now In Effect In Boston

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared a heat emergency from noon Friday to Sunday evening, and ordered city pools and cooling centers opened to all residents.

Cooling centers at Boston Centers for Youth & Families community centers will be open, and city pools will be free of charge, on Saturday and Sunday. Locations and hours of operation can be found here.

"If you don't have air conditioning or you need a place to go, please use our facilities," Walsh said. "This is gonna be a pretty tough next stretch of three days, and we want to get the word out early, and we want people to know that if they can stay inside, keep them in."

 

Temperatures this weekend are expected to hit a high of 89-94 Friday afternoon, then rise to 98 on Saturday and near 100 Sunday. AccuWeather RealFeel temperatures will be between 105 and 110 Saturday, and near 110 Sunday afternoon.

The mayor reminded residents to look out for vulnerable people in the heat.

"We're asking people, if you have any questions about the heat, to call 311, any emergencies out there, if you see someone in distress or there's an emergency, we want you to call 911," Walsh said. "For each other, we want you to check on elderly neighbors, we want you to check on people that might be housebound to make sure they're okay."

Walsh's declaration follows a National Weather Service announcement that an excessive heat warning will be in effect from noon Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday across most of Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island and Connecticut.

 

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency warned the public not to leave children or pets in closed vehicles, check on friends and elderly neighbors, and know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

More information on how to stay safe in the heat can be found at mass.gov/mema/heat.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Tina Gao (@TinaGaoOnAir) reports

 

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