Excessive Heat Warning - June 18-21
Posted on 06/18/2024
Excessive Heat Warning - June 18-21

Excessive Heat Warning: 
Areas of Massachusetts may see a heat index as high as 105 degrees Tuesday - Friday. 

An excessive heat watch has been issued for parts of Massachusetts. Dangerous levels of heat and humidity may be expected from Tuesday afternoon through Friday evening. 

Here are some tips on excessive heat safety: 

What is Extreme Heat?
Extreme heat is a prolonged period of very hot weather, which may include high humidity. In Massachusetts, a “heat wave” is usually defined as a period of three or more consecutive days above 90 °F.

Why prepare? 
Extreme heat can be dangerous and even life-threatening if proper precautions are not taken. In extreme heat and high humidity, the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
Most heat-related illnesses occur because the victim has been over-exposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Although anyone can suffer from a heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Those at greater risk include older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight. To reduce the risks of extreme heat conditions, take the proper safety precautions to protect yourself and your family.

What to do during heat waves? 
Never leave children or pets alone in a  closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees within 10 minutes. 

Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. 

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help maintain normal body temperature.

Drink plenty of water — even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.

Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time. If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so you body temperature will have a chance to recover.

If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as libraries, theaters, and other community facilities. 

The Fiske Library is open Tuesday & Thursday 10AM to 8PM and Wednesday & Friday 10AM to 5PM. 

The Senior Center is open Monday - Thursday 8:30AM to 3:30PM and Friday 8:30AM to 2PM. 

Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.

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