Boston, MA – After temperatures in the city of Boston climbed to 90+ degrees for the third day in a row this Sunday, July 1st, a heat wave status was declared. Now, as these temperatures continue throughout all of Mass for yet another day, a state of heat emergency has been announced. The high temperatures are expected to reach triple digits in certain areas of the Bay State, and the humidity is expected to make temperatures feel as though they are 100+ degrees in the MA areas that remain in the 90s. The hottest temperatures recorded and predicted are mainly in the Western Massachusetts area, where many towns will remain under heat advisory until 9 PM this (Monday) evening. An air quality alert has also been issued for the majority of areas in Massachusetts.

The hot spell is expected to persist at least until the end of the week, creating extra difficulties for many who plan to celebrate the Fourth of July. The National Weather Service is warning residents to be extra cautious if they plan to spend time outside, which many do for their Independence Day festivities. Although private possession and use of fireworks is illegal in Mass, this rule is not always followed. Therefore, Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, has attempted to remind the Boston public of the that fireworks could present:

“We’re going to have a lot of dry wood around houses. We’re asking people to be very careful. We want to make sure that people are safe and have a safe experience.”

Other MA government officials are also promoting extra safety measures during this period of intense heat. They request that children, pets, and those over the age of 65 are not left to sit in hot cars, as the conditions inside may become lethal. Other precautions advised include staying in air-conditioned areas as much as possible, keeping hydrated, and dressing in light, summer clothing. Throughout the state, several “cooling centers” have been opened in an attempt to help the Massachusetts public stay cool.

If this heat wave persists as predicted through Friday, July 6th, it will be tied for the second-longest heat wave Boston has ever seen.