June 19, 2024

Climate

Extra storms have been anticipated across the area Friday evening.

The sky turned darkish as storm clouds moved into the Again Bay early Friday afternoon over the Prudential (left) and Hancock towers as seen from Berkeley Avenue. The identical system introduced heavy rain and wind to the Western suburbs earlier. John Tlumacki/Globe Workers

BOSTON (AP) — The warmth that has gripped a lot of the nation seeped into New England, forcing some faculties to shut or ship children residence early on Friday. The mayor of Boston declared a warmth emergency, with cooling facilities opening across the metropolis.

On Friday afternoon, some communities have been hit by highly effective thunderstorms with excessive winds that downed tree limbs and energy traces, leaving tens of hundreds with out energy in Massachusetts. Extra storms have been anticipated across the area Friday evening.

In Lowell, Massachusetts, the place not one of the 28 faculties have air con, all lessons remained closed on Friday for security causes. The temperature was anticipated to succeed in a excessive of 90 levels Fahrenheit (32 levels Celsius), with the humidity making it really feel like 95 levels.

Different faculties in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire have been additionally closed or despatched college students residence early — and curtailed after-school actions.

Electrical followers have been delivered to colleges to assist hold academics and college students snug as temperatures approached 90 levels on Thursday in elements of New England. A lot of the public faculties in Boston have entry to air con, however the metropolis would provide water and followers to the colleges that want them, Mayor Michelle Wu mentioned when she declared a warmth emergency for Thursday and Friday.

Sizzling temperatures earlier within the week triggered disruptions at faculties from Michigan to Virginia, with some districts dismissing college students early and others holding lessons on-line. Within the second week of the U.S. Open tennis event in New York, the warmth and humidity are pushing gamers to the restrict. The Grand Slam event adopted a brand new coverage on Tuesday to partially shut the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof in excessive circumstances to supply some additional shade.

In Texas throughout one other stretch of scorching summer season warmth, the ability grid supervisor on Thursday requested residents to chop their electrical energy use, a day after the system was pushed to the brink of outages for the primary time since a lethal winter blackout in 2021.

Augusta, Maine, set a document of 90 F (32 C) on Thursday and Harmony, New Hampshire, reached 93 F (33 C), mentioned Sarah Thunberg, meteorologist for the Nationwide Climate Service in Maine.