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Newton Heat Advisory Information, Safety Tips

With forecasts calling for high temperatures again today, the city has issued some tips on staying safe in the heat.

With temperatures on the rise for the Newton area, it is important to stay safe and keep in mind ways to cool down throughout the day.

The city of Newton has issued a number of tips on how to stay cool here in the Garden City:

When the weather gets hot, everyone should take steps to stay healthy, especially older people and young children. Follow these “stay cool” tips: 

• Drink plenty of nonalcoholic fluids. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. If your doctor limits your fluid intake, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot. 

• Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing. 

• Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. 

• Take a cool shower or bath. 

• NEVER leave people or pets in a closed, parked vehicle. Temperatures in enclosed spaces rise very quickly. 

• Check on neighbors who may need additional help. 

• Stay in air-conditioned spaces. 

Those needing relief from the heat can go to an air conditioned movie, restaurant or mall. 

Signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke include: nausea or vomiting, headache, dizziness, confusion, rapid pulse, high body temperature, muscle cramps, lack of sweating. Seek help if you suspect heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

For questions, call the at 617-796-1664 or the Health & Human Services Department at 617-796-1420. 

For emergencies, call 911.

Library cooling center

In addition, residents can use the as a cooling center. The library's hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Note: The library is closed on Sundays in July and August)

If the library is not an option, keep in mind other air-conditioned spots such as coffee shops, restaurants, retail stores or a local mall such as the or  

Local pools

Both and will be open today starting at 3 p.m. .

The also has an outdoor pool. For more information on membership to the JCC and pool rates, visit the JCC's website

In addition, the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation has opened 20 of its state-run beaches and pools a few days early, due to the heat wave. 

Commuter Rail

The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR) issued a statement yesterday notifying customers that due to the heat, speed restrictions have been put in place for trains on the Worcester/Framingham Line.

According to the advisory, passengers can expect 10-15 minute delays between the hours of 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail Line stops at three Newton stations including Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville. 

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