REGION — Persistent high temperatures have prompted heat advisories throughout the Merrimack Valley.
The National Weather Service issued its advisory over much of the state on Tuesday morning. Temperatures in Lowell are expected to reach as high as 102 degrees on Sunday afternoon.
“Temperatures and heat indexes will be dangerously hot today and this week,” the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency wrote in a statement.
Officials urge caution, open cooling stations
Officials are urging residents to stay hydrated and to check on children, seniors and pets.
Westford officials have announced a number of cooling stations available for residents during the extreme heat.
The J.V. Fletcher Library will remain open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.. to 5 p.m. on Saturday to provide air conditions options to those in need.
Additionally, the Cameron Senior Center, in partnership with the Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, will host a cooling center in the center from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Region remains in significant drought
Outdoor water use restrictions remain in effect until further notice as the region remains in a significant drought.
Customers with an odd-numbered address may only water on odd-numbered days from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Customers with even-numbered addresses may only water on even-numbered days from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Additionally, the filling of swimming pools is still prohibited, according to the Water Department.
According to National Weather Service Data, Middlesex County remains approximately 6 to 8 inches below average rainfall over the past 90 days.
The current advisory is scheduled to expire on Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
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