Sweltering Heat Keeping Region And Outdoor Workers In Its Tight Grip

Photo: James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Air quality alerts and heat advisories remained in place in most of Southern New England this week.

What has contributed to making the heat feel even worse and potentially dangerous is the high humidity resulting in a real-feel temperature of up to 100 degrees in some spots. 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection said the air quality alerts are due to higher concentrations of ozone that can be unhealthy for certain sensitive groups including those with lung or heart disease, older adults, and children.

For outdoor workers, the challenge is to try and keep their bodies from overheating and getting dehydrated. "Drink a lot of water and get some shade," said one construction worker on Beacon Hill Tuesday morning. "Just move at your own pace," said another. "If you go too fast here, you're going to be sorry."

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasMMJ) reports. 

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