QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) — Twenty-four states were under heat advisories or warnings Friday, and for people who work outside the heat moved past uncomfortable, especially for firefighters battling flames and the heat.
Friday was expected to be the sixth day, and the hottest day of the heat wave hitting New England.
High temperatures made for stifling conditions for everyone, especially fire crews.
Fierce flames and hot weather created a tough situation for crews in Uxbridge Thursday.
Fire crews said they went to multiple alarms very quickly because with the heavy gear they have to wear, they could only last 15 to 20 minutes.
In Jamaica Plain, the power went out for a large section of the neighborhood, plunging 2,500 customers into the dark at the height of the blackout.
A lot of businesses had to close because of the heat and send their employees home.
“All the restaurants are closed. All the stores are closed. My law office is closed. Can't get on a computer. People are just milling about on the streets,” said Attorney Robert Josephs.
Friday was set to be another scorcher with temperatures expected to reach 100 in the hottest areas. Power companies asked people to try to limit their power usage, until the later hours of the day.