Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Boston Heat Advisory

Office of the Mayor
Thomas M. Menino
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Press Office, 617 635-4461

** Heat Advisory **

Mayor Menino Reminds Residents to Take Precautions in High Temperatures this Week
TOMORROW! Cooling Centers to Open and Pool Hours Extended to 9PM

With temperatures expected to top 90 degrees over the next several days, Mayor Thomas M. Menino has issued a heat advisory and reminds residents to take precautions to stay safe and healthy during this hot and potentially dangerous weather. The City’s cooling centers will be open and pools will operate with extended hours, until 9 PM, for residents who want to cool off. The Parks Department also operates 50 water spray features at parks throughout the City.
“The hot weather has now become steamy weather as higher temperatures and humidity arrive this week,” said Mayor Menino. “In these conditions, we must remember to stay cool and hydrated and continue to keep an eye on our neighbors.”

Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses and injuries, but everyone should remember to limit their activities during very hot weather, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol. When outdoors, limit strenuous activity, wear sunscreen and loose, light-colored clothing, and rest often in cool, shady areas.

Heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be fatal if untreated and need to be taken seriously. Residents should follow heat safety precautions and pay attention to the warning signs such as nausea, dizziness, and headaches. If symptoms persist, call 9-1-1 immediately. Family, friends and neighbors are also urged to check in frequently with elderly residents who may need assistance during the hot weather.

For questions about heat-related city services, residents should call the Mayor's 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500. Comprehensive heat safety tips and resources are available on the city website at


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