Oppressive Heat and Humidity

Heat Warning
Heat Advisory


Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


Situational Awareness Statement #1



Subject: Oppressive Heat and Humidity This Week

Date/Time: 7/19/2022, 10:15 AM

Incident or Event Overview


The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a period of oppressive heat and humidity today through this weekend with heat indices topping out at 95 – 102 degrees. A heat advisory is in effect today through 8:00 PM tomorrow, July 20th.   Similar conditions are expected to continue through Thursday, July 21st  before slightly less humid weather arrives on Friday.


Potential for strong to severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.

Impacts/ Potential Impacts

  • Heat-related issues to at-risk populations and those doing higher levels of outdoor physical activities.

Weather Forecast Overview

Advisories, Watches, and Warnings

Heat Advisory
Issued: July 19 at 3:36 AM EDT
Expiring: July 20 at 8:00 PM EDT

Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual

Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Northern Bristol; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Norfolk; Western Plymouth



MEMA Operations

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements (SAS), as necessary.


The Boylston Town House will be open and available to residents who are in need of a cooling station.

Preparedness and Safety Information

Stay Informed

For additional information and updated forecasts, see www.weather.gov/boston (National Weather Service Norton) and www.weather.gov/albany (National Weather Service Albany)  


Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html  


Online Resources

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency www.mass.gov/mema  
MEMA's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA  
MEMA Twitter @MassEMA  
Federal Emergency Management Agency www.fema.gov  
National Weather Service Boston/ Norton, MA  www.weather.gov/boston  
National Weather Service/Albany, NY www.weather.gov/albany  
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov  

National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center  www.spc.noaa.gov
Northeast River Forecast Center www.weather.gov/nerfc/  

National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov  

Mass211 www.mass211.org