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New School Year Arrives with Sizzle

August 28, 2018

LOWELL -- The first week of school for many in the area will be a hot one.

The National Weather Service is predicting brutal temperatures and humidity, rising to dangerous levels on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Lowell and Fitchburg region.

With temperatures in the upper 90s and dewpoints in the 70s, the heat index (how hot it feels) could be near 105, according to the meteorologists. These are hazardous conditions, and can result in heat-related illness.

The National Weather Service has issued “heat advisories” for Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We’re encouraging people to take it easy,” said Stephanie Dunten, meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “Make sure you check on your neighbors, don’t leave your pets in the car, and stay hydrated with extra water.”

People should wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, she added. It’s important to drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty.

Lawrence and Haverhill schools have already announced they will dismiss students early this week because of the weather. Lowell Public Schools also announced early dismissal for all Schools on Tuesday due to the “forecast of excessive heat and humidity.”

The above average temperatures are expected to linger into Thursday, when scattered thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

Forecasters are predicting a cool down on Friday into the long holiday weekend.

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