Excessive heat warnings, advisories prompt Mass. public school closures, early dismissals

SAUGUS, MASS. (WHDH) - The dangerous heat is once again affecting schools throughout the state as the heat index remains over 100 degrees for many areas.

Public schools in Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Westford, Wilmington, Saugus, Medford, Framingham, Walpole, Taunton and Wareham have issued early dismissals Wednesday, while classes in Bourne and Barnstable are canceled.

Schools in many communities, including Saugus, are not equipped with air conditioners. High school freshman Kevin Vetrano says it felt like he was “stuck in a hot box.”

“Oh my god. Very hot. I could not breathe,” he said.

Saugus Superintendent David DeRuosi also canceled all afterschool activities, saying student safety is paramount.

Much of the Bay State will see temperatures in the mid-90s, accompanied with high humidity.

An excessive heat warning has been issued until 9 p.m. for Central Middlesex County, Eastern Essex, Eastern Hampden, Eastern Hampshire, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Northern Bristol, Northwest Middlesex County, Southeast Middlesex, Southern Bristol, Southern Plymouth, Suffolk, Western Essex, Western Norfolk and Western Plymouth counties.

A heat advisory is also in effect for Barnstable, Dukes, Eastern Franklin, Northern Worcester, Southern Worcester, Western Franklin, Western Hampden, Western Hampshire, Northern Berkshire and Southern Berkshire.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency made the following recommendations for people to stay safe during the hot weather:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle
  • Avoid strenuous activity
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • Apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat when outside
  • Don’t leave pets outside for extended periods of time
  • Check on neighbors

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