How hot is it in Boston? Record-breaking, according to the National Weather Service.
Service forecasters said that as of 1:44 p.m. on Wednesday, the city reached 98 degrees, breaking the previously held record of 96 degrees, which was set in 1953.
Meteorologists have been cautioning Massachusetts residents that the extreme heat and humidity will make it feel like it’s over 100 degrees across most of the state.
The service expanded the excessive heat warning for all of eastern Massachusetts, and a heat advisory remains in place for much of southern New England.
“If you must be outside, please stay hydrated and avoid being in direct sunlight as much as possible,” forecasters said.
Overnight, Boston’s low temperature of 81 degrees tied for the city’s “second all-time warmest low temperature,” according to the service.
The city has opened community pools to the public as cooling centers on Wednesday.
Forecasters say rain showers and thunderstorms on Thursday will bring some relief from the oppressive temperatures that have blanketed the region since Monday.