New York City has been in a hot spot for a couple of weeks now.
A number of major US cities have seen a spike in heat in recent weeks, including Boston, Miami, Washington DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago-Naperville, and Dallas.
As of Monday morning, Boston had the nation’s highest average temperature of 105 degrees, which is just shy of the previous record of 106 degrees set in April.
The city’s record-setting heat was sparked by a large wildfire in the Boston area, which burned more than 1,000 acres of forest and killed more than a dozen people.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the heat is “unprecedented” and the city is preparing to deal with the crisis.
“The city has a very significant fire situation that is affecting many parts of the city,” Walsh said.
“We have no other place to go than the most extreme locations to deal.”
Walsh added, “The Boston Marathon is an example of how to deal in a very intense situation, and we will be working with our city partners to get the proper resources and support to respond to that situation.”
“We are also very fortunate in that there are no major wildfires in this area,” Walsh continued.
“It’s been very difficult to get resources to deal at this time.”
But Walsh said it is a good thing that the heat hasn’t reached all parts of Boston.
Worst of all, Boston has seen a significant spike in extreme heat that has forced some people to evacuate their homes.
Last Friday, a woman in her 50s and a man in their 70s died when their homes in Roxbury and Dorchester were inundated with 3 feet of rain.
Authorities have said the surge in extreme temperatures is partly to blame for the heat, but there have been also several cases of heat stroke and heat-related deaths.
This week, Boston Mayor Marty Kennedy said he has instructed his staff to help coordinate the city’s response to the heat.
“[It’s] our duty to coordinate all aspects of our emergency response,” Kennedy said.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a Republican, said the state’s emergency declaration, which was issued Monday, was necessary because the situation in Boston is “very serious.”
“[Walsh’s] leadership has been very clear that Boston needs to prepare, but we also need to respond,” Patrick said.