Mayor Martin J. Walsh today
announced that in anticipation of the hot and humid weather that is forecasted
for this weekend, the City of Boston has declared a heat emergency, beginning
Friday at noon through Sunday evening. Temperatures are expected to be between
96 and 102 degrees with a real feel temperature of between mid 90s to 112
To help residents stay cool, Mayor Walsh has declared that cooling centers will be open at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers and residents can swim at the City's pools free of charge. A full list of centers including hours of operation and a brief form to fill out before swimming is available here.
Information on heat safety tips can be found online at boston.gov/heat and by following @CityofBoston on Twitter. Residents can sign up for Alert Boston, the City's emergency notification system, to receive emergency alerts by phone, email or text. Sign up online here. Residents are also encouraged to call 311 with any questions about available city services.
Keep cool with showers, shade, and ventilation. If you need help finding a place to cool off, call 311. The City of Boston operates outdoor and indoor pools, splash pads and spray decks, and several beaches in Boston at which you can cool off.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion. Heavy sweating, cool and clammy skin, dizziness, nausea, and muscle aches could all be signs of heat exhaustion. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately.
Please check on neighbors, especially older adults, and people with disabilities. Community partners are encouraged to share information on preparedness, safety, and resources within their networks. Additional tips and resources can be found at boston.gov/heat, including information sheets translated into 10 languages.
Helping the Homeless:
Outdoor Fires and Grilling:
Mosquitoes and Ticks:
If you are in a grassy or wooded area, apply a DEET containing repellent that will protect against mosquitoes AND ticks. Always check yourself, children, and pets for ticks after returning indoors and remove attached ticks immediately using tweezers. Mosquito bites can spread West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), while attached ticks can spread Lyme disease.