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Get Ready for Late Summer Scorcher

August 27, 2018

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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 could be near 105, according to the meteorologists. These are hazardous conditions, and can result in heat-related illness.

“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 light clothing, she added.

Lawrence and Haverhill schools have already announced they will dismiss students early this week because of the weather.

The above average temperatures are expected to linger into Thursday before a cool down on Friday into the long holiday weekend.

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