Health & Environment

City of Boston Issues Heat Wave Advisory Starting June 20, 2012

Temperatures are expected to be well in the 90’s this week. Find ways to stay cool and look out for your neighbors!

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory starting Wednesday June 20, 2012.

Sprinker Spray Pool in front of Mirabella Pool – North End

The North End’s Mirabella Pool is not scheduled to open until June 23rd (maybe earlier?), but the sprinkler spray pool in front of it on Commercial Street is already turned on. There are also sprinklers and fountains at Christopher Columbus Park and on the Greenway parks.

The Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet St. is a designated “Cooling Center.” Call (617) 635-5166 for more information.

Drink plenty of fluids, wear loose fitting clothing and avoid outdoor physical activity. For more information visit or call 617-635-4500.

Heat Advisory Notice


  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
  • Check on elderly persons and sick neighbors
  • Rest often in shady areas


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

Helpful resources for vulnerable neighbors:

Call the Elderly Commission at 617-635-4366 or the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500 (after hours) to report issues.
Seniors can use the ‘Senior Shuttle’ service for transportation to cooling centers during declared heat emergencies. Additional information is available by calling the Elderly Commission at 617-635-4366.


Extremely hot weather poses additional hardships for homeless people who may be elderly, disabled, suffer from medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or who take medications that cause sensitivity to the hot sun. We encourage you to look out for homeless people who may be in distress.
Guide to Helping the Homeless in Extremely Hot Weather

City Cooling Centers & Pools
BCYF Community Centers and Pools are available, based on required needs, as Cooling Centers and/or Pool Sites when Mayor Menino declares a Heat Emergency. Please call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500 for the cooling center closest to you.
BCYF Pools & Cooling Centers List

State Pools
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation owns and operates many pools in and around Boston.
Mass DCR

Boston Parks & Recreation Spray Features
View a list of water spray features located in parks throughout the City’s neighborhoods.
Spray Feature List


If any areas are without power, residents should call NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000 or call the Mayor’s 24 Hour Constituent Service at 617-635-4500 with concerns or questions and report outages.

Boston Parks Department operates several water spray features throughout the city from mid-June to mid-September from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted. View the Water Spray List in a larger map.

For questions about heat-related city services, residents should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.  Comprehensive heat safety tips and resources are available on the city website at