July 18, 2012
The sizzling heat that has held the Hub hostage for days will be reduced to a stormy simmer later today.
Today’s high temp is expected to hit 88 degrees — down from a near-recordbreaking 97 yesterday, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton. Severe thunderstorms are possible today.
The Environmental Protection Agency said most areas of the state will have good air quality, except some Boston neighborhoods and areas of the Cape that will have moderate air quality.
Dr. William Baker, medical director of Boston Medical Center’s emergency department, has seen a large increase in patients suffering complications from underlying conditions that can worsen in the heat.
Boston EMS spokeswoman Jennifer Mehigan said first responders fielded close to 300 calls before 5 p.m. yesterday.
“If you’re just not feeling right, you need to get out of the sun. If your still not feeling right after 20 minutes, cal 911. There may be something else going on,” she said.