July 18 2019

How to Beat the Heat in Burlington This Weekend

By: Rich Hosford

It’s going to be hot out there this weekend. 


The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for most of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island that will be in effect from noon on Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday night. 


On Friday we can expect actual temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s increasing up to roughly 102 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. During the weekend heat index values are expected to range from 107 to 112 degrees. 


With such high temperatures expected it is prudent to take precautions. Burlington Council on Aging Director Marge McDonald sent out an alert of things to keep in mind. 


“Please check on your neighbors, especially your older ones,” she said. “Try to limit your activities and the amount of time you spend outdoors. Hydrate with water, juice and sports drinks, not caffeinated drinks or alcohol.”


The best way to stay safe in extreme heat is to stay inside air-conditioned rooms whenever possible. If you do have to go outside, avoid strenuous activity and keep to the shade as much as you can. 


If you do not have air conditioning and feel you need to cool off, most stores and restaurants are climate controlled. The Burlington Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The Burlington Public Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 


Additionally, dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Never leave kids or pets in a parked car, not even for a short period of time. Make sure your pets also have plenty of water to drink. 


Finally, it is also important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how to tell the two apart as they require distinct actions. We did a segment on the signs and symptoms of the two that you can watch here.


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