BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's the calm before the scorcher. With temperatures reaching into the 90s and a heat index that could land over 100 degrees, a heat emergency is in effect in the city of Boston. It lasts until Sunday, Aug. 7.
"We're working quickly to make sure all of our Boston residents and families are protected during this week's extremely hot weather," said Mayor Michelle Wu. "I urge everyone to stay cool and safe, and check on your neighbors during the week. I'm thankful for the many City employees who are preparing for this emergency and will be responding to calls for service throughout our neighborhoods."
The city has opened it's 16 cooling centers at Boston Centers or Youth & Families, along with a number of pools and splash pads. Libraries will also open their doors as make-shift cooling centers.
During last month's heat wave, Boston EMS experienced a 15-20 percent rise in daily 9-1-1 calls.
"We strongly encourage people to increase hydration and avoid outside activities during the hotter parts of the day, from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.," said Boston Emergency Medical Services Chief James Hooley. "With multiple days of high heat, we see people of all ages, including the young and health, who are affected by the heat."
WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@MadisonWBZ) reports