Southborough Senior Center will open as cooling center today

I don’t like the heat. I’m the kind of New England girl who prefers cold and snow. I like sweaters and a nice crisp breeze. Needless to say, I’m not looking forward to the next few days.

According to the National Weather Service, Southborough will see a high near 96 degrees today, with heat index values as high as 101. Thursday is looking much the same.

With the predicted high heat and humidity, the Southborough Senior Center (9 Cordaville Road) will be open Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm as a cooling center for any resident who needs a break from the swelter. Anyone using the center must check in at the front desk. Senior Center Director Pam Le Francois will make the call to keep the center open into the evening if needed. You can call the Senior Center at (508) 229-4453 to check.

Emergency Operations Director Neal Aspesi warns residents to use caution over the next few days. “Like all extreme heat events, everyone is susceptible to the conditions, especially children and the elderly,” Aspesi wrote in an email to emergency volunteer. “Limit outdoor activities and remain hydrated. Also, please take time to check on family, friends and neighbors.”

It’s a warning to take seriously. According to the National Weather Service, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Check out these tips from the NWS on how to stay safe in extreme heat.

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