Heat Advisory

Hot weather is anticipated this week, so read on for a few tips about how to stay cool & healthy when it's hot.

Heat Relief for Seniors

If the temperature rises above 90 degrees for more than one day we encourage you to visit the Newton Free Library, a designated Cooling Center, during regular hours for heat relief. The library hours are Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can use the yellow voucher transportation service to get to the library for heat relief during these hours. On Sundays, yellow vouchers can be used to get to a mall or theater in Newton for heat relief.

A friendly reminder for seniors that the Senior Center is air conditioned  and open M- F 8:30-4:00 and is located at 345 walnut St.

Heat Relief for the General Public
It's important to take steps to prevent heat-related illness when the weather gets hot, particularly for older people. However, people of all ages can suffer from heat-related illness.

Heat stroke, the more serious illness, occurs when the body is unable to control its temperature. It can cause death or permanent disability without immediate treatment. Signs include: Body temperature above 103 degrees, red, hot and dry skin without sweating, rapid, strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness and nausea.

Heat exhaustion is milder and can occur after several days of heat and low fluid intake or as a prelude to heat stroke. Signs include heavy sweating, paleness, fainting, cool/moist skin, fast/weak pulse and muscle cramps.

Seek medical attention if you experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Protect yourself from the heat by following these tips:

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. (If your doctor limits your fluids or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot.)
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • If possible, seek an air-conditioned environment. (If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting a building that does such as a shopping mall, movie theater, the Senior Center or other public building.)
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Remain indoors during the heat of the day.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities. 
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in cars. The temperature rises rapidly in this environment and can be deadly.

Power Outages

In the event of a power outage, please contact Eversource at 800-592-2000 immediately to report the outage. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact Newton Police Dispatch at 617-796-2100, or 911 for any emergencies.

Swimming Options

There are two locations in Newton where residents can go for a swim to cool off. Please click on the links below for more information:

Crystal Lake - Lake Avenue, Newton Highlands

Gath Pool - Albermarle Road, West Newton

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