BOSTON—Temperatures in Boston nearly broke records as oppressive heat kept the state and most of the Northeast sweltering.
The National Weather Service says temperatures in Boston hit 103 Friday, tying a 1926 daily record and only one degree below the hottest day on record, July 4, 1911.
Lawrence and Fitchburg also hit 103 and Westfield and New Bedford had 102 degrees, along with several Massachusetts cities in triple digits.
City dwellers have flocked to public pools and air conditioned community centers and so far that has helped them beat the heat,
Health officials say they have not seen a heavy increase in heat-related health problems and credited cities’ efforts to keep vulnerable residents cool and safe.
Temperatures across the state are expected to reach the mid to high 90s Saturday before moderating on Sunday.
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