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Region copes on a sweltering week



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Asphalt, machinery and hard work on a scorching hot day, Tuesday, July 6, as road workers and police officers on Route 131 had only gallons of water for relief from the heat, above. For those on vacation, the beach and a cool treat were the antidote. At left, Anthony Melfi, 8, of Southbridge, enjoyed a refreshing dip and snow cone at Cedar Lake in Sturbridge. Dean Coots. (click for larger version)
July 06, 2010
tures in the mid-90s and heat indices reaching the triple digits Tuesday, people are doing all they can to escape the heat that blew into town around Independence Day — and which shows no sign of tapering off until the end of the week.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, air temperatures in Southbridge and Sturbridge topped out at 96 degrees Tuesday. Charlton hit the highest mark in the area with an air temperature of 97 degrees.

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Adding humidity into the mix, NOAA reported a total heat index of 100 degrees in Southbridge and Sturbridge, and a crippling 103 degrees in Charlton.

A Heat Advisory was issued for all of Worcester County through Tuesday night.

In response to the intense heat, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency called on municipal senior centers to open their doors to elderly residents seeking relief.

In Holland, Council on Aging Outreach Worker Deborah Tierney said their facility will hold extended hours this week, offering senior citizens an alternative to a sweltering house or apartment.

"We have had to turn our Senior Center into a cooling center for this week," Tierney said, adding that the center will be open until 5 p.m. through Friday.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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