Aug 4, 2022 - News

Boston braces for extreme August heat

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

August is shaping up to be another scorcher, with the heat index this week expected to surpass 100°.

Driving the news: Boston Mayor Michelle Wu declared a heat emergency starting today through Sunday.

  • The city has 16 cooling centers open, as well as splash pads spread around.
  • Officials advise people to use face masks in the cooling centers because COVID-19 cases are rising.

Why it matters: Heat exposure can cause headache, cramps or life-threatening illness.

  • During last month's heat wave, Boston EMS saw a 15-20% rise in daily 911 calls, according to the mayor's office.

Flashback: Boston broke records in July. Temperatures hit 100° on July 24, breaking the last record of 98​​° first set in 1993.

  • The heat was so severe that Nantucket saw its warmest July on record, up 4.6° from the average of 75°.
Data: Southeast Regional Climate Center; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The bottom line: Whether you're vacationing or stuck at work, try to stay cool.

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