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Braintree opens up public spaces to beat the heat

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 22, 2011 10:51 AM

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Residents looking to avoid the oppressive heat wave that has descended on the South Shore are encouraged to seek shelter in public areas, Braintree town officials said in a statement.

Three “cooling centers” have thus been opened in the town to help residents stay cool as the temperatures climb.

The Fletcher Hall at Town Hall and the Department of Elder Affairs, both open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, are available for residents seeking relief from the heat.

Additionally, Thayer Public Library, open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, will be available as well.

“According to the weather forecast, this heat wave is going to last through Friday”, said Mayor Joseph Sullivan. “These cooling centers are here if residents would like to utilize them.”

The heat advisory will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Friday.

Those unable to get to an air conditioned environment are encouraged to stay out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids, avoid prolonged work in the heat or in poorly ventilated areas, and to check in on relatives and neighbors.

Residents with additional needs are encouraged to contact the Braintree Emergency Management Agency at 781-794-8188.

Numerous state organizations have warned about the heat, which is expected to rise between 95 and 100 degrees today and Friday. The heat index value is expected to climb up to 105 degrees.

According to wunderground.com, excessive heat may lead to heat illnesses for children, the elderly, and those performing strenuous physical activities during the heat of the day.

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