Heatwave heads toward region, Newton mayor urges vigilance

Newton is going to be extra toasty over the next few days.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s Tuesday and stay there most of the week, getting hotter on Wednesday and possibly reaching 100 on Thursday, before some showers move in and bring the heat down a little on Friday afternoon.

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller sent out an email to the community on Monday urging residents to stay hydrated and seek out places to keep cool if needed: The Newton Free Library and the Senior Center in Newton Highlands, as well as area cinemas and shopping malls.

“Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially older adults, those who live alone, or those who may not have air conditioning,” Fuller wrote.

Wednesday is Juneteenth, a state and federal holiday, so the library and senior center won’t be open that day.

Fuller urged anyone who needs help with a plan to stay cool to call Health and Human Services at City Hall Tuesday, since City Hall will be closed Wednesday as well.

On Thursday and Friday, schools will be dismissed early on a “staggered schedule” Fuller wrote, and schools will be closed completely for the Wednesday holiday. The West Suburban YMCA will have free drop-in times and the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club will open early for members.