Heat Information

The City of Boston reminds residents to prepare for the hot and humid weather by taking precautions to stay healthy.

Beat the Heat

During the hot summer months, heat stroke and heat related illness can be a huge issue. Follow these steps to ensure a safe and fun summer for all!


  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated 
  • Check on elderly persons
  • Rest often in cool, shaded areas

  • Underestimate the seriousness of heat-related emergencies!
  • Drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages
  • Overexert yourself or work outside without taking breaks

Heat Emergency Fact Sheet

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    Cooling Centers and Pools

    Many BCYF Community Centers and Pools are available, based on required needs, as Cooling Centers and/or Pool Sites when the mayor declares a Heat Emergency or after the City of Boston’s temperatures have reached 90 degrees or higher for three (3) or more consecutive days.

    BCYF Pools & Cooling Centers List »

  • Heat Wave Clip Art (75)

    10 Ways to Stay Cool

    Looking to stay cool this summer? Check out these great activities around Boston.

    More Information »

State Pools

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation owns and operates many pools in and around Boston.
Mass DCR Swimming Pools, Wading Pools & Spray Decks List


Please call us to report any issues or problems.

Elderly Commission: 617-635-4366 (M-F 8:30AM - 5:00PM)
Mayor's Hotline:617-635-4500 (after hours)


Extremely hot weather poses additional hardships for homeless people. We encourage you to look out for homeless people who may be in distress.
Helping the Homeless During Extreme Hot Weather


  • Mayor Menino Jump Starts Summer as City Pools to Open 7 Days a Week

    Boston will open 10 City swimming pools and one beach 7 days a week beginning June 29th. These pools include the City’s two outdoor pools (BCYF Clougherty Pool in Charlestown and the BCYF Mirabella Pool in the North End) which open for the season on June 22.

    Read Release

  • Utilities & Power Outages

    If any areas are without power, residents can report outages to the Mayor's Hotline or NSTAR.

    Mayor's Hotline: 617-635-4500
    NSTAR: 1-800-592-2000
    Report Outage Online to NSTAR

  • Fire Hydrants

    Residents are reminded that fire hydrants should not be tampered with or opened; doing so may hinder fire extinguishing capabilities.

  • Additional Questions or Concerns?

    For more information anytime, residents can call the Mayor's Hotline at 617-635-4500.

    Contact Mayor's Hotline

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