BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Brutal heat was expected across the Commonwealth Monday--and several local schools were closed in anticipation of extreme temperatures. The National Weather Service warned that heat indices were expected to range from 95 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit Monday.
With those temperatures, and with humidity adding to the discomfort, Lowell Schools made the decision to close. Other schools in the Merrimack Valley, including Lawrence and Haverhill, planned to let students out early. Several Lowell parents said they were happy with the decision.
"I have no problem with it," Susan Drake told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker. "I was a teacher for years, so I can understand how hot it gets."
With temperatures expected well into the 90's today, several school districts are taking precautions. #Lowell schools are closed today. Some communities will have early dismissal. pic.twitter.com/thuJkIFlnt— Ben Parker (@radiobenparker) June 18, 2018
Drake said that, in some cases, some old school buildings did not have sufficient air conditioning. Other parents agreed it was important for the kids' health.
"I think it's great," another parent told WBZ-TV. "I think the kids need to be protected."
The National Weather Service offered several safety tips for dealing with the heat:
- Reduce strenuous activity
- Wear clothes that are light in both weight and color
- Drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Spend more time inside and in air conditioning
- Avoid meat or other protein-rich meals
- Do not leave children, pets, or disabled adults in vehicles
"We can't complain, it's one day," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kim Tunnicliffe. "It's going to be 72 or something in the next few days."
But Walsh said Boston was ready.
"We're making sure there will be plenty of water in our schools, and we're making sure our seniors are protected and safe," he said. "We have a hotline set up, a number set up to work with our senior citizens."
A rough timeline of potential strong to severe thunderstorms forecast later today; looking at storm development beginning shortly after noon and continuing through early evening; w/ any storms, the threat of strong to damaging winds, frequent lightning, and/or excessive rainfall pic.twitter.com/nlaNnncQmj— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) June 18, 2018
Later, NWS Boston warned, there was a chance of isolated severe thunderstorms passing through the area. Radar estimations showed bands of storms passing over Boston around 4-6 p.m.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker reports