Boston Declares Heat Emergency Ahead Of Searing Temps

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is declaring a heat emergency through the weekend as it gears up for another heat wave. The emergency begins on Thursday, as temperatures are expected to soar into the high 90's.

The emergency will last through Sunday, and triple-digit heat indexes of up to 104 degrees are expected on Thursday.

16 cooling centers will be open across the city at Boston Centers for Youth & Families community centers, including in Hyde Park, Dorchester and Roxbury. Splash pads will also be open at parks throughout the city.

Boston EMS Chief James Hooley is telling residents to avoid activities outdoors during the hottest parts of the day, between 11:00 AM and 6:00PM.

The service says it saw a 15-20% increase in calls during last month's heat wave.

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