With blazing hot temperatures expected to scorch the region today, Peabody Mayor Michael J. Bonfanti said residents should take extra precautions to stay cool during this "hot and potentially dangerous weather."
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to hit the mid-nineties today and could rise even higher over the next two days. The heat index, which measures how hot it feels when relative humidity is factored with the air temperature, is expected to hover between 100 to 105 degrees fahrenheit.
In a statement, Bonfanti said residents should limit their outdoor activities during extreme hot weather, drink plenty of fluids, use sunscreen and wear light-colored, loose clothing, especially children and seniors who are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
The mayor said the following locations will serve as cooling centers through Saturday:
The Peter A. Torigian Community Life Center at 79 Central Street will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week until 8:00 p.m.
The Peabody Institute Library at 82 Main Street is open Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The South Branch Library at 78 Lynn Street is open from noon to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, closed Friday and open 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The West Branch Library at 603 Lowell Street is open from noon to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, closed Friday and open 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Bonfanti warned that heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be fatal if left untreated and said residents should follow safety precautions and pay attention to the warning signs such as nausea, dizziness and headaches. Call 911 if symptoms persist. People are also urged to check in with their elderly family members and neighbors, Bonfanti said.
For more information, please call the Community Life Center at 978-531-2254, the Peabody Institute Library at 978-531-0100 or the Mayor's Office at 978-538-5702.