Boston residents and workers struggle in stifling heat

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Boston residents brooded in the stifling heat of Saturday while some were transported to the hospital with heat-related illness and others working outside struggled through an intense workday.

According to Boston EMS, at least nine patients were transported to the hospital every Saturday evening for heat-related illnesses. The agency tweeted: “Since yesterday, the men and women of #BEMS have responded to more than 700 incidents. Today, there have been 9 patient transport from 4:30 PM onwards, directly attributable to heat-related illnesses. "

Gabe Graetz, a Freedom Trail guide, confronted the burning 107-degree heat index in an 18th-century colonial costume Saturday.

"They are still many layers. I tried to roll up my sleeves and wear thin stockings, but it is still much covered with the skin. It is difficult," Graetz said, adding that tourists also felt the heat.

"After about 45 minutes, I noticed people dabbing their faces and blowing themselves, so I did my best to keep people in the shade," said Graetz, a member of the Bellringers Guild, the Boston union for professional colonial travel guides.

Graetz said the union is negotiating a proposal about working conditions in extreme weather because the guides also give guided tours in the bitter cold of winter.

According to the National Weather Service, the most dangerous heat settled in the late morning until the middle of the evening with a warning of excessive heat that remained in effect until Sunday evening in the Bay State.

Kannan Thiruvengadam, director of Eastie Farm in East Boston, did not want to take any risks with heat-related illnesses this weekend.

"It's not only hot, but the days are long too, so that's a problem, and people can't work, so we canceled the day today, our working day, because of the heat," Thiruvengadam said.

Thiruvengadam said the crops jump back on his farm as soon as the heat wave breaks, noting how important city farms are to keep the city cool.

“Having more urban farm space also helps with urban heat in general because buildings radiate heat. Soil not, & Thiruvengadam said.

Ronnie Dieho, manager of Ricky & # 39; s flower market in Somerville, said that gardeners are still working hard, but taking the right precautions by arriving early to water the plants and leave earlier in the day.

"You have to be a bit careful, and I think I'm just trying to beat the heat and get most work done early in the morning," Dieho said.

For those looking for a sweet treat in the heat, Cookie Monstah, a food truck in the Boston area that serves cookies and ice cream, made his rounds despite the sizzling temps.

Meredith Giatrelis, an employee of the Cookie Monstah bakery version in Danvers, said: "There is no AC on the truck, so if we go out on 90-degree days like this, it's hard. The heat is definitely a big factor."

"I had colleagues who came back yesterday and their shirts were completely soaked with sweat because it is such a compact truck," said Giatrelis.