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Region braces for fifth straight day of sweltering heat

When Dolores Howarth’s air conditioner broke down several months ago, she was not too worried. She couldn’t afford to buy another one, but the weather was mild, and she doesn’t mind a little heat.

But as temperatures last week climbed steadily upward, Howarth, 75, who uses a wheelchair, felt increasingly lethargic in her hot apartment in Monsignor Powers, a small community housing complex in South Boston for the elderly and disabled.

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