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Stay Safe in the Heat This Week

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Boston metro area Wednesday, July 20, with additional days of oppressive heat and humidity forecasted. Residents are urged to take precautions to stay safe. Review the following heat safety tips and ways to keep cool in Somerville. Most importantly, do not leave children or pets in a vehicle even if the windows are open, drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and limit your outdoor activity. If you need a place to cool off, Somerville Public Libraries and designated Summer Teen Spaces will be open and air-conditioned during their regular hours. The Council on Aging, Holland Street Center, is also open Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Stay Safe and Help Your Neighbors

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle – even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees within 10 minutes.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water and a cool place to rest.
  • Limit outdoor activities and exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing; light colors reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor and out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces (wear a mask indoors).
  • If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours.
  • Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.
  • If someone is showing signs of heatstroke, call 911 immediately. Signs of heatstroke include a body temperature over 103 degrees; hot, red, dry, or moist skin; a rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness. While waiting for help to arrive, move the person into a cool area, help cool them down with wet towels or a cool bath, and DO NOT give them fluids.
  • For more safety tips and cooling strategies, visit and

Pools and Splash Pads

Many parks and playgrounds around the city have water play features or sprinklers. A map of those parks can be found at

Dilboy Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool, 110 Alewife Brook Parkway, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for ages 0 to 3, $1 for ages 4 to 11, and $2 for ages 12 and up. Season passes are also available.

Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool (at Foss Park), 235 Broadway, 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. every day of the week. Spraydeck is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Kennedy Pool (5 Cherry St.): Lap swim times for various ages are available at or by calling 311.

Keep Heat & Energy Costs Down

  • With high heat and humidity expected across the state over the next several days, air conditioners and fans will be working overtime at most homes and businesses. Visit to try their Cooling Calculator to understand how much electricity your cooling system uses and learn about available energy-saving programs.

Please note that both outdoor pools in Somerville have capacity limits and residents are advised to seek out alternatives rather than wait in the sun if the pools are full.

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