Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey Declares 'Heat Emergency' In Boston

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90s in the coming days -- and Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey has declared a heat emergency in the city.

The heat emergency will last from Sunday, June 6, through Tuesday, June 8.

“It will be the first time this year that we’ve seen heat and humidity like this for an extended period of time," Janey said in a statement. “I’m urging everyone to take precautions and find ways to stay cool over the next few days. Please watch out for each other."

The city will be opening cooling centers at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers from Sunday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help residents stay cool. You can find a list of the names and addresses of cooling centers here.

Mayor Janey has also issued guidance to residents on how to stay safe amid higher temperatures:

  • Never leaving children or pets alone in vehicles, even for a short period of time
  • Staying hydrated with plenty of fluids
  • Using air conditioning, fans, and taking cool showers
  • Applying sunscreen with SPF-30 or higher
  • Limiting outdoor activity to morning and evening hours
  • Watching out for heat exhaustion: symptoms like heavy sweating, dizziness, etc
  • Checking on neighbors, especially older adults or people with disabilities
  • Helping people dealing with homelessness

The city is also encouraging anyone who may see individuals struggling in the heat to ask them if they need help, and call 911 if needed.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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