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Heat Wave: Dangerous temps soar in Massachusetts, ‘real feel’ around 100 degrees

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Jul. 20–Dangerous heat and humidity has taken over the region — with the high “real feel” heat index hovering around 100 degrees — triggering the city of Boston to open cooling centers, and health officials to remind people to hydrate and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Monday is expected to be the third straight day in the 90s, making this three-day stretch a heat wave. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region.

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“Look for the heat index on Monday to be as much as 100 degrees,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham, based in the Norton office.

“People need to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, and stay out of the sun,” he added.

The high 90s temperatures on Sunday approached record highs for the area, said Shawn Kelley of Lowell’s Mill City Weather.

“It’s a very hot day out there,” he said. “It’s really uncomfortable because of the higher dewpoints, making it harder to breathe outside, especially with a mask on.”

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh opened 20 community centers as cooling centers due to the extreme heat and humidity.

He and other city officials reminded people that even in the hot weather, they still need to wear a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Continue to practice social distancing, avoid crowds, wash your hands often, and wear a face covering,” Walsh said in a statement. “If the face covering causes you to overheat, find a shaded area where you can maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and then remove the face covering so that you can breathe easily and cool down.”

Marty Martinez, chief of Boston’s Health and Human Services, tweeted, “I know it’s hot & the beach may be calling u but it’s important that we keep up the fight vs. #covid. Please keep 6ft physical distance from others & wear a facial covering. We have made great progress but there is more work to be done. Let’s keep working #Boston.”

The Boston Public Health Commission issued heat safety tips, tweeting, “Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Make sure you know the signs of heat exhaustion: Heavy sweating; Cool and clammy skin; Dizziness; Nausea; Muscle aches. If you have these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.”

After an oppressive Monday, there could be some relief on Tuesday with temperatures in the upper 80s and lower humidity. ___

 

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