BOSTON — The temperature at Boston’s Logan Airport reached 97 degrees on Thursday afternoon, breaking a longstanding record for this date that was set back in 1928, the National Weather Service said.
Boston tied its record high of 96 degrees shortly before 2 p.m. and then broke that record minutes later, according to the NWS.
A heat advisory is in effect with “feels like” temperatures of 95-105 degrees across southern New England.
“There is a very real threat of heat exhaustion if you over do it outside, especially with full sun in place most of the day,” the Boston 25 Weather team wrote in their latest blog post.
Mayor Michelle Wu has declared a heat emergency in Boston through Sunday with the oppressive conditions expected to linger through Monday.
City pools like the Mirabella Pool in the North End are expected to be very busy while the city is under a heat emergency. With an ocean breeze right off Boston Harbor, many say this is the place to beat the heat in Boston.
Along with pools and splash pads, there will also be 16 cooling centers open throughout Boston in case people need a place to escape the brutally hot temperatures over the next few days.
Mayor Wu shared the following safety tips:
- Children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles, even for short periods of time.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids regardless of activity level. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.
- Keep cool with frequent cool showers, shade, and air conditioning or fans.
- Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas and be extra cautious from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is strongest.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion. Heavy sweating, cool and clammy skin, dizziness, nausea, and muscle aches could all be signs of heat exhaustion. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately. Do not delay care. Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. and can exacerbate underlying illnesses.
- Adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-30 or higher and wear protective, loose-fitting clothing including long sleeve shirts and hats.
- If you have a child in your home, use child window guards in addition to screens on any open window on the second story or above. Falls are the leading cause of injury for children under the age of six.
- Secure all window air conditioner units according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- If you are heading to a beach, lake, or pool to beat the heat, swim where lifeguards are present. Always watch children near the water and make sure they’re wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Please call or check on neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities.
- Please keep pets indoors, hydrated, and cool as asphalt and ground conditions are significantly hotter and unsafe during heat.
Manchester, New Hampshire, also notched a new record high temperature of 98 degrees.
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