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Massachusetts heat wave continues: Boston’s heat emergency extended, but relief is finally coming this week

Boston Herald logo Boston Herald 8/7/2022 Rick Sobey
BOSTON, MA July 31: People look for some relief at Wollaston Beach during another very hot day as temperatures soared to near the 100 degree mark, Sunday, August 7, 2022, in Quincy, Mass. (Photo By Jim Michaud/ Boston Herald) © Provided by Boston Herald BOSTON, MA July 31: People look for some relief at Wollaston Beach during another very hot day as temperatures soared to near the 100 degree mark, Sunday, August 7, 2022, in Quincy, Mass. (Photo By Jim Michaud/ Boston Herald)

Sick of the sweltering heat yet?

It’s almost out of here, but the brutally hot conditions are expected to stick around Massachusetts for Monday and into Tuesday.

The National Weather Service’s heat advisory remains in effect through Tuesday evening, with forecasters predicting heat index values surging into the 100s yet again. Boston’s heat emergency has also been extended through Monday.

The oppressive heat and humidity will likely continue on Tuesday, with high temps reaching the mid-90s to prolong the heat wave.

Then finally, some cooler temperatures, all the way down into the 70s, will make it feel a whole lot more comfortable across the region.

“Our first chance for some real relief will be Wednesday as a cold front moves in,” Bryce Williams, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office, said Sunday. “We’ll be dealing with more cooler temperatures and wet weather. It will feel a lot better.”

The wet weather is much needed as a majority of the Bay State faces a severe drought. The combination of very below normal rainfall and above normal temperatures caused drought conditions to exacerbate during July.

The best chance for some widespread rain showers this week is looking likely for late Wednesday into Thursday.

“It could help our drought situation a bit,” Williams said.

This week, the Weather Prediction Center forecasts rainfall totals to range from 0.5 inches or less along south coastal New England, and 0.5 to 1.25 inches across the remainder of southern New England. Localized areas could see higher totals.

The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force will meet on Monday.

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Before the wet weather and cooler temps arrive later this week, meteorologists are reminding people that the heat advisory remains in place.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on Sunday extended the previously announced heat emergency in the city through Monday.

“With the weather forecast now showing the high temperatures and humidity lasting through Monday, we’re extending the heat emergency to make sure all of our Boston residents and families are safe,” Wu said in a statement. “I encourage residents to continue to utilize our cooling centers and splash pads, and to check on your neighbors.”

Cooling centers will be open at 16 Boston Centers for Youth & Families community centers. Also, splash pads will be open at parks and playgrounds throughout the city.

Members of Boston EMS continue to stay busy, responding to more than 400 medical emergencies a day. During heat waves, the department can see a 15% to 20% increase in calls to 911.

Boston EMS Chief James Hooley reminded residents to “drink plenty of water and limit time in the heat. Confusion and weakness can be signs of heat-related illness, requiring immediate medical assistance. It doesn’t matter how young or healthy you are, everyone is vulnerable to the effects of extreme temperatures.”

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