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What meteorologists are saying about the ‘significant’ heat predicted in Mass. on Saturday and Sunday

“Heat Advisories have been issued for most locations away from the coast.”

Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe, File

Spring weather is giving way to the sweltering temperatures of summer in Massachusetts this weekend. 

The National Weather Service is predicting that most of the region will see “significant” heat on both Saturday and Sunday.

The service is forecasting that in Boston it could feel as hot as 95 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday. 

The service has issued a heat advisory for most of Massachusetts, which is in effect from 8 a.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday.

If the highs on Saturday reach the mid to upper 90s on Saturday, the service said it would set a new record high for the day and month.

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“The season’s first widespread significant heat and humidity continues through Sunday,” the service said. “Saturday night will be especially uncomfortable with dew points in the mid to upper 60s and overnight lows struggling to fall below 70.”

There will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms late Sunday into Monday, with cooler weather expected as the new workweek begins, according to the weather service.

The expected high temperatures have Boston officials rushing to ensure that at least a “handful” of the city’s splash pads are operational to offer some relief at neighborhood parks.

“By Friday afternoon, we will know exactly which features in the City will be operational over the weekend and we will post on the Parks Dept social accts,” the Boston Parks and Recreation Department said on Wednesday.

Below, what local meteorologists are saying about the heat forecast: 

National Weather Service: ‘Heat Advisories have been issued for most locations away from the coast.’ 

David Epstein: ‘If you want to cool off this weekend the coast will be the place to be. What a contrast for Sunday within 30 miles.’

Matt Noyes, NBC10 Boston & NECN: ‘Our forecast of 93 degrees in Boston for both Saturday and Sunday would tie the record for both days (1921, 1959).’

Kelly Ann Cicalese, WCVB: ‘The heat index (or what it will feel like) will reach the upper 90s.’

Shiri Spear, Boston25 News: ‘Humidity will go up this weekend, but won’t be the worst you feel this summer.’

Zack Green, WBZ: ‘Heat exhaustion possible this weekend. Should limit any really strenuous activity.’

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