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UPDATED Sept. 8: The end of summer is nearing, but high temperatures recently were lingering throughout the state. Thursday, Sept. 7, the temperature hit a high of 95 degrees in Arlington; the heat forced six public-school campuses to shut down early for the day both Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8.

Forecasters said the "real-feel" temperature was 95 degrees as of 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. 

To help people cool off, the North Union Spray Pond at Thompson School, 60 North Union St., was scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 10, according to the town website.


Town officials have issued general common-sense heat-safety tips for residents to follow over the weekend, including urging people not to over-exert themselves and to drink plenty of water.

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Fortunately, forecasters are predicting temperatures to drop back down to the 70s after the weekend -- but with rain, and perhaps thunderstorms, possibly still in store.

(FWIW: YourArlington's editor's advice for keeping cool: Eat lots of watermelon; and soak/fold/freeze washcloths, then take them out of the freezer, dampen them, bend them and place them around the neck.)

 Sept. 8, 2023: 6 public schools closed early Friday as well as Thursday due to heat: superintendent

This news announcement was published Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. YourArlington assistant to the editor Brynn O'Connor prepared it for publication, based on information from the Town of Arlington and online weather data. It was updated later that day with predictions for rain and possible thunderstorms, plus a couple of beat-the-heat suggestions from the editor, Judith Pfeffer.