With hot temperatures and high humidity predicted for this weekend, the Town is urging all residents to stay safe during the extreme heat.
Please remember - NEVER leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Drink plenty of fluids, wear loose-fitting clothing, and limit outdoor activity. Watch for heat-related illnesses and call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
"We're asking everyone in Wellesley to take precautions to keep people and pets safe this weekend," said Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie. "Please check on your family, friends and neighbors, especially senior citizens, know the signs of heat-related illnesses, and find cool spots to get out of the heat."
Air-conditioned public buildings in Wellesley are open for heat relief.
The Wellesley Free Library main branch (530 Washington St.) is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with water and plenty of seating available in the Wakelin Room.
The Warren Recreation Center (90 Washington St.) is also open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Wellesley Housing Authority has air-conditioned community rooms for its residents.
Morses Pond is open and fully-staffed both Saturday and Sunday. Day passes may be purchased at the bathhouse.
The Wellesley Square July Jubilation Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 20 will take place as scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Fire Department is providing water misting stations on Central Street in front of the Fire Station and at the intersection of Central Street and Cross Street.
Many sale items will be inside stores and merchants are providing water free of charge. Sustainable Wellesley has also arranged for a portable water bottle filling station located in front of the Fire Station.
The popular petting zoo has been moved indoors to 91 Central Street; other entertainment will be both indoors and outdoors as the weather allows.
For tips on keeping pets safe in the heat, go to the Wellesley Animal Control webpages.
Additional information on heat-related illnesses and heat safety is available from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
And the Wellesley Fire and Wellesley Police Departments have additional officers available this weekend to respond to any emergencies.
Please be safe!