Forecasters: Massachusetts will see ‘dangerous levels’ of heat and humidity this week

Forecasters are warning that New England could see near record high temperatures this week, as excessive heat and humidity blanket the region for the final days of August.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for eastern Massachusetts, and a heat advisory for much of southern New England, which are in effect for Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Most locations in southern New England will experience dangerous heat and humidity this week, especially Tuesday and Wednesday when the heat index (combination of temperature and humidity) rises to 95 to 100 degrees, and possibly as high as 105 degrees in Hartford, Springfield, and Boston,” forecasters wrote on Monday.

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On both days, the service said the highs will be near record highs and “no matter how you slice it” the conditions will be uncomfortable and dangerous for anybody who has to be outside for an “extended amount of time.”

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sunshine, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” forecasters urged.

The heat is expected to last through Thursday, when a cold front is expected to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms and some relief from the scorching heat on Friday.