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Wu declares heat emergency in Boston that takes effect Tuesday

Boston, MA - 8/11/2021: A need to cool off the feet seen here at a splash pad on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston during the start of a heat wave in August 2021.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Mayor Michelle Wu on Monday declared a heat emergency for Boston from Tuesday through Thursday, with temperatures expected to hit the mid-to-high 90s during that period.

Wu’s office in a statement added that 12 cooling centers will open for residents across the city from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of the three days.

“We’re working quickly to make sure all of our Boston residents and families are protected during this week’s extreme weather,” Wu said in the statement. “It is clear that a changing climate is a risk to our health and communities. I urge everyone to stay cool and safe, and check on your neighbors during the week.”

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The cooling center locations are at BCYF Gallivan at 61 Woodruff Way in Mattapan, BCYF Golden Age Senior Center at 382 Main St. in Charlestown, BCYF Grove Hall Senior Center at 51 Geneva Ave. in Dorchester, BCYF Holland at 85 Olney St. in Dorchester, BCYF Hyde Park at 1179 River St., BCYF Menino at 125 Brookway Road in Roslindale, BCYF Nazzaro at 30 North Bennet St. in the North End, BCYF Paris St. at 112 Paris Street in East Boston, BCYF Roche at 1716 Centre St. in West Roxbury, BCYF Tobin at 1481 Tremont St. in Roxbury, BCYF Tynan at 650 E. Fourth St. in South Boston, and BCYF Vine Street at 339 Dudley St. in Roxbury, according to the city’s website.

Wu’s office said masks are strongly recommended inside the cooling centers in light of rising COVID-19 case numbers.

In addition, more than 50 splash pads will be open at parks and playgrounds throughout the city, officials said.

“Select indoor BCYF pools are open and the outdoor BCYF Mirabella Pool is open Wednesday through Sunday,” the statement said.

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The Globe reported Monday that this week looks to be the hottest of the summer so far.

On Tuesday, clouds will give way to sunshine, with temperatures at or above 90 degrees in the afternoon. This 90-degree weather is expected to continue into the weekend, and many towns will experience their first heat wave — three days or more of 90-degree weather — of the season.



Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.