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Massachusetts DCR extends hours at pools amid forecasted heat wave

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The Bay State is extending hours at Department of Conservation and Recreation pools to help families stay cool as brutal heat blankets the region this week.

It’s expected to be the first official heat wave of the summer, with meteorologists forecasting 90-plus degrees every day for the rest of the week. As a result, DCR is extending hours at more than 20 deep water pools and wading pools, as well as the Bradley Palmer State Park Spray Deck in Topsfield, to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

The longer hours at DCR pools is in addition to agency-managed spray decks remaining open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day this summer. Also, DCR has designated swimming areas at state beaches and waterfronts.

“The state’s many deep water and wading pools, as well as its spray decks are very popular destinations for children and their families as they seek outdoor recreation and receive a respite from the summer heat,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement.

“During this ongoing heat wave, we ask everyone to take appropriate safety measures in staying cool for their own wellbeing, like visiting a Commonwealth pool during these next couple of days,” he added.

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