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Boston bracing for heat wave

Southern New England is bracing for a blistering heat that could send temperatures above 100 before the weather breaks Wednesday.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the 90s Tuesday, but the heat index — which also measures humidity — will make it feel about 100. The high Wednesday might reach or exceed 100, with the heat index above 110.

Meteorologists predict cooling beginning Wednesday night.

The predictions have local health officials urging people to stay cool and drink plenty of fluids. Local utilities predict near record-demand for electricity as people turn to air conditioning for relief, though they say they should be able to handle the increased power needs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says elevated levels of ground-level ozone will create unhealthy air quality in the region for the next two days.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

This program aired on August 1, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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