Sunday, June 16, 2024

Cambridge is opening the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., as a cool shelter for seniors Tuesday until 7:30 p.m., said Ini Tomes, public Information officer for the city.

It’s “due to the excessive heat conditions,” she said Tuesday.

A heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. At 11:15 a.m., when Tomeu sent the announcement, the temperature was 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which was already higher than what was predicted for the day by the weather site Weather Underground. put the temperature at 95.

Temperatures were supposed to start easing by 5 p.m. and hit a low of 79 degrees Fahrenheit by 11 p.m., according to Weather Underground, or 72 according to, not rising above 88 degrees to 90 degrees for the rest of the week. (The temperature Monday hit a high of 89 degrees, weather sites say.)

The record for highest temperature on this day in history was 101 degrees Fahrenheit, set in 1911. The average for this day over the years has been 81 degrees.