Currently in Boston — August 19th, 2022

A great Beach weekend ahead

Comfortably low levels of humidity will continue into the beginning of the weekend before higher humidity arrives late in the weekend and especially next week. Temperatures Friday will reach the mid to upper 80s and a few spots will nudge 90°F over the weekend. Water temperatures are now nearing their warmest levels of the entire year and if you haven't taken the time to go to the beach this would be a good time to do so. Rainfall continues to be scarce and I don't see any showers until perhaps sometime around Tuesday of the upcoming week. Have a great weekend

What you need to know, currently.

Pets, according to a new study in PLOS Climate, are often overlooked victims in natural disasters. Researchers looked at data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Shelter Animals Count (SAC) and found that the number of dogs and cats in shelters was still significantly higher up to a year after a major natural disaster, like hurricanes and wildfires.

Failure to account for pets in emergency management plans may endanger humans as well. According to the study, during Hurricane Irene pet owners evacuated at a lower rate than those who did not own pets — of pet owners who didn’t evacuate, 51 percent said they were unable to find adequate shelter for their pets.