Excessive Heat Warning; Cooling Area at J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford

With temperatures expected to reach well over 100 degrees, the J.V Fletcher Library will provide cold water and an air-conditioned area tomorrow, July 19.

According to the National Weather Service, there is an excessive heat warning in Massachusetts for today, Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Heat index values are predicted to feel as though temperatures are 95 to 100 degrees today and from 100 to 112 degrees this weekend due to the combined effects of the temperature and humidity of the air. Actual temperatures will reach the upper 80s to lower 90s, with some inland areas reaching the mid-90s.

Westford residents are encouraged to take extra precautions. To accommodate for this weekend, Westford’s J.V Fletcher library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 , according to Library Director Ellen Rainville. The library has a large cooler with bottled water provided by the fire department. The library will also be providing board games, magazines, and the latest newspapers so people of all ages can come in and be entertained,

An air conditioned Cameron Senior Center will open from 12 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.

On July 20 and 21 temperatures are expected to rise as high as 102 degrees on both days.

These temperatures likely will not cool down overnight, with lows in most areas at best dropping to the mid-70s to near 80s. The National Weather Service warns, “the heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.”

These scorching temperatures will reach Rhode Island, Northern Connecticut, and much of Massachusetts including the metro areas of Boston and Providence. These temperatures are not unique to Massachusetts, extremely hot weather will be hitting much of the U.S. this week.