As near record temps arrive on Tuesday, community centers, pools, and parks all open to keep people cool

BPHC logoWith summer in full swing and temperatures expected to reach well above 90 degrees tomorrow, making it potentially the hottest day of the year so far, Mayor Thomas M. Menino has issued a heat advisory reminding residents to stay safe and healthy in the heat.  Mayor Menino and the Boston Public Health Commission are urging residents to stay hydrated and in shaded or air conditioned areas whenever possible. Residents can cool off at several Boston Parks Department water spray features throughout the city and in air conditioned community centers.

“No doubt, summer temperatures are here,” Mayor Menino said. “During hot weather, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated, and to keep an eye on our vulnerable neighbors.”

Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses and injuries, but everyone should remember to limit their activities during very hot weather, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol. When outdoors, limit strenuous activity, wear sunscreen and loose, light-colored clothing, and rest often in cool, shady areas. Additional measures to beat the heat include avoiding cooking, taking cool showers or baths, and staying in air conditioned areas whenever possible.

“In temperatures like these, we can still get outside and enjoy summer, but everyone should be aware of the risks of heat stroke,” said Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission.  “Make sure to drink plenty of water, and find a cool, shady spot to rest if you find yourself getting too hot.”

Heat related illness such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be fatal if untreated and need to be taken seriously, particularly for elderly and younger populations. Residents should follow heat safety precautions and pay attention to the warning signs such as nausea, dizziness, and headaches. If symptoms persist, call 9-1-1 immediately. Family, friends and neighbors are also urged to check in frequently with elderly residents who may need assistance during the hot weather.

Boston Parks Department operates several water spray features throughout the city from mid-June to mid-September from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted. View the Water Spray List in a larger map. In addition, Boston Centers for Youth and Families neighborhood centers, including pools, are open regular hours. View the BCYF facilities and pool hours.

For questions about heat-related city services, residents should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.  Comprehensive heat safety tips and resources are available on the city website at