Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory For Wednesday & Thursday; Framingham’s Beaches Closed

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Originally posted at 8:35 a.m. and updated at 4:55 p.m.

FRAMINGHAM – The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and an excessive heat watch for Thursday, August 12.

Presently, all three of the City of Framingham’s public beaches are closed to the public for swimming. Two of the three beaches have seen toxic blue-green algae and one beach has had a high e coli bacteria count.

Updated: New tests came back this afternoon, and all three beaches will be closed on Wednesday.

Lake Waushakum beach in District 8 has not opened all season either due to e coli bacteria or recently the toxic algae. The City’s public beaches opened for the season on June 17.

Saxonville beach which is along Lake Cochituate has been closed to swimmers since mid-July due to the toxic blue-green algae.

And Learned Pond’s beach has been closed due to a high e coli bacteria.

A Heat Advisory means heat index values up to 100 degrees is expected.

For the Excessive Heat Watch, dangerously hot conditions with heat index values between 105 and 109 degrees are possible.

Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

The Callahan Center and the Framingham Public Libraries are open and air conditioned but visitors must wear mask indoors, per Mayor Yvonne Spicer’s order.

The National Weather Service advises:

Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young 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.

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