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Heat Prompts Early School Dismissal in Lowell

August 28, 2018

By Aaron Curtis

acurtis@lowellsun.co

Due to the extreme temperatures expected to scorch the area Wednesday, some schools are going to cut their days short, while spots to cool off will be open to the public.

The National Weather Service has put out an excessive heat warning for the area until 9 p.m. Wednesday, with temperatures closing in on triple digits.

The heat wave has led to an early dismissal for all Lowell Public Schools on Wednesday.

“We will continue to monitor the forecast and temperatures carefully in order to determine the schedule for the rest of the week,” the district’s website states.

Westford will also have early dismissals Wednesday, with Westford Academy and the Blanchard and Stony Brook schools releasing students at 11 a.m.

Westford third to fifth grades will be released at 11:40 a.m.; and kindergarten to second grades will be released at 12:20 p.m.

Lawrence and Haverhill schools have announced they will dismiss students early for the rest of the week.

To battle the heat, Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward announced that Lowell residents are invited to stop by the Senior Center, at 276 Broadway St., for a cold drink and air conditioning from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

“It is important to stay hydrated, and keep children and pets out of hot cars,” Winward said.

There will also be misting stations set up Wednesday at Hadley Park, at 1650 Middlesex St.; Father McGuire Park, at Mammoth Road and Woodward Avenue; and Eagle Park, at West Sixth and Jewett streets.

Slash pads will be open to the public every day through Labor Day from noon to 6 p.m., according to Winward.

They will be available at Shedd Park, at 453 Rogers St.; O’Donnell Park, at 1170 Gorham St.; and Mulligan Park, at 89 Plain St.

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