While many Bay State residents are lamenting the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction of another vicious winter, those who live in or closer to the moment should take note of how hot it’s about to getWhile many Bay State residents are lamenting the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction of another vicious winter, those who live in or closer to the moment should take note of how hot it’s about to get.
The National Weather Service predicts a scorcher started cooking on Sunday with a high near 90 and a low of 71, that will hang around into Monday and Tuesday as well.
Wednesday onward won’t exactly be a relief from the heat, with the remaining days seeing highs in the upper 80’s.
So stay hydrated, check on your neighbors and exercise a bit of patience for your fellow T rider, because we are all in this together.
Also, keep a few things in mind: According to the U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics put out by the National Weather service, heat waves kill more people in America annually than any other extreme weather event. City officials advise that vulnerable people seek air conditioning in places like libraries and that folks call 911 at the first sign of anyone suffering from heat stroke.
Boston Police also warn pet owners to be wary of leaving animals in the car. “We urge people to call 911 if they see an animal inside," a spokesman for the department said. "The fire department, police and EMT are moments away and we will take measures to get the animal out and to safety.”
Police also ask that people don’t smash any car windows to save pets. “We know it's an upsetting situation to see an animal in distress but it is a better solution to call 911 than to put yourself in legal danger by smashing windows."
The Humane Society released a statement earlier this summer warning pet owners about the dangers of leaving a pet in a car, even with the A/C on for only a minute in this heat.
“On an 85 degree day, temperatures inside your car even with the windows slightly open can reach up 102 degrees in 10 minutes,” The Humane Society reported. “Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. Animals respond differently to heat than humans. It is important that we keep that in mind as the summer heat rages on.”
Your pets are probably just as, if not more miserable about the situation as you are. Make sure they have an extra water dish or two. If you don't mind the electricity bill, leave a fan going for them.
We can worry about the impending arctic conditions, snowstorms to come and travel nightmares predicted by the 224-year-old book when the time comes. Meanwhile, stay cool out there, Boston.