BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Historic heat is on the horizon for much of New England this weekend. With temperatures expected in the mid-to-high 90s, we could experience record-breaking heat, not only in temperature, but for the time of year in which it spiked.
Currently, the record for both Saturday and Sunday in the city of Boston is 93 degrees, set in 1921 and 1956 respectively. If Boston does reach its forecasted 97 degrees, it would also be the earliest on record the city has ever done do. Boston hit 97 degrees in May only once before in 1880.
A First Alert has been issued for this weekend, with highs in the low-to-mid 90's inland and around 90 degrees Fahrenheit at the coast on Saturday. Heat index numbers are expected to be around 100 degrees. Sunday is set to be even hotter, ushering in a gusty southwest wind ahead of a cold front. Some places could reach 100 degrees, with heat index values in the 100 to 110 degree range.
If you're looking to escape the heat, places in southeastern Massachusetts, including the South Coast, Cape Cod, and the Islands will be much cooler with high temperatures in the 70's and 60's right on the water in places like Nantucket.
For those planning on doing any strenuous work outdoors, you may want to rethink your plans — this type of heat is quite dangerous with heat stroke a very real possibility for people outside. Staying hydrated will be crucial, and with any extreme weather, it's always a good idea to check on any neighbors, especially the elderly. Finally, officials are reminding residents to never leave children or pets alone in the car for any length of time.
WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.