The Southborough Emergency Management Agency has asked me to remind you to take this heat seriously.
In my previous post, I shared indoor places to cool off (if their power holds up). I also asked readers to share tips. So scroll down or click here for ideas on where to escape the heat.
Director Neil Aspesi wrote:
Not that we don’t all know its been hot, but it’s now getting to the point of being severely dangerous to everyone (especially children & elderly).
Remember deaths associated with heat events out number all other weather events combined. The danger is not to be under estimated.
Dangers will be a huge concern if there are power outages, which are possible due to the increased power usage in the region.
Southborough does not have a cooling center officially open at this time, but we are prepared to do so if needed.
NOTE: Although the warning below expires at 7p, dangerous heat conditions will continue throughout Friday night. Saturday will produce severe storms.
The official public heat warning advisory:
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING FROM 1 PM TO 7 PM EDT FRIDAY.
* LOCATIONS.INCLUDE THE MANCHESTER NH METRO AREA.
THE GREATER BOSTON AREA WITHIN THE 495 BELTWAY INCLUDING THE CITIES OF GLOUCESTER.CAMBRIDGE.BOSTON.NORWOOD & QUINCY.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES.UP TO 105 DUE TO TEMPS IN THE MID 90S.& DEWPOINTS IN THE UPPER 60S.
* TIMING.FRIDAY AFTERNOON & EVENING.
* IMPACTS.THOSE OUTDOORS FOR PROLONGED PERIODS WILL BE MORE AT RISK FOR HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES.
AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPS WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPS & HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. AVOID PROLONGED WORK IN THE SUN OR IN POORLY VENTILATED AREAS. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS. STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENT.STAY OUT OF THE SUN.& CHECK IN ON RELATIVES & NEIGHBORS.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE.RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION & HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT & LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE & DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK.THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS.
ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL & SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 9 1 1.