Hot Weather Advisory from the City of Boston: Mayor Menino reminds residents to stay cool and hydrated
With the extremely hot weather forecast for the Commonwealth in the coming days, Mayor Tom Menino is reminding and advising people to be cautious and careful during these periods of heavy, high heat. With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees in the coming days, Mayor Menino and the Boston Health Commission are offering some helpful tips on how to stay cool and beat the heat.
“No doubt, summer temperatures are here,” Mayor Menino said. “During hot weather, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated and to keep an eye on our vulnerable neighbors.”
“In temperatures like these, we can still get outside and enjoy summer, but everyone should be aware of the risks of heat stroke,” said Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “Make sure to drink plenty of water, and find a cool, shady spot to rest if you find yourself getting too hot.”
Here are some tips to consider during hot, humid weather:
- Avoid strenuous activity. Less is more on a hot day.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Drink plenty of water. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, stay hydrated.
- Too much sun is a bad thing. If you go outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF rating.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, remain on your lowest, coolest floor. Electric fans don’t cool the air, but they can cool you down.
- Go someplace to beat the heat. Such as air-conditioned schools, libraries or theaters.
- Cover windows that receive morning/afternoon sun with drapes, shades or awnings. Outdoor awnings can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
- Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure that pets have plenty of drinking water.
In normal weather, the body’s internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body. However, in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain normal temperature, which could lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you believe you or someone you’re with is experiencing a heat-related medical emergency, promptly call 9-1-1.
Residents can cool off at several Boston Parks Department water spray features throughout the city and in air conditioned community centers.
Boston Parks Department operates several water spray stations throughout the city from mid-June to mid-September from 9:00am to 8:00pm (unless otherwise posted). View the Water Spray List in a larger map. In addition, Boston Centers for Youth and Families neighborhood centers, including pools, are open regular hours. View the BCYF facilities and pool hours.
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 www.cityofboston.gov/heat.