Currently in Boston — June 30th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Generally a beautiful holiday weekend

This has been one beautiful June, and we will close it out on a nice note tomorrow. Temperatures tonight will not be as cool but still relatively comfortable for the time of year remaining within a few degrees of 61°F. As we had into the weekend, after reaching the mid 80s tomorrow, it becomes very hot on Friday with highs in the low to mid-90s. There's plenty of sunshine to go around. Even Boston will reach 90°F and the cape and the islands will be in the 70s and '80s. There's more clouds and a few showers on Saturday but it's not a washout. It's muggy with temperatures in the 80s. Dryer and warm weather with lots of sunshine continues for Saturday and July 4th. Highs will be somewhere in the lower 80s. Enjoy Independence Day.

—Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

Seville, one of the hottest cities in Spain, officially has the world’s first heat wave naming and rating system.

This comes after the country experienced its hottest first two weeks of June ever in its recorded history. Seville’s Mayor Juan Espadas addressed the need to create a culture of awareness around heat waves in a statement.

“Extreme heat waves are becoming more frequent and devastating as a direct effect from climate change. Local governments should address the threat heat poses to our populations, particularly the most vulnerable, by raising awareness of heat-health related hazards through evidence based data and science,” said Mayor Espadas.

With the new system, which launched last week on the summer solstice, Seville, will categorize each heatwave on a scale from 1 to 3 based on several factors, including daytime and nighttime temperatures, the heat index and humidity. Expected health impacts on residents will also be considered in the system, particularly those that are the most vulnerable, like the elderly and those that are unhoused or living with underlying health conditions.

Each category of heat wave calls for different public services––like extreme weather alerts and emergency response efforts that  send community health teams to check on people or opening air-conditioned cooling centers to provide people a moment of relief.

Heat waves that fall under Category 3 will be assigned names in reverse alphabetical order, starting with Zoe, Yago and Xenia.

Other cities, like Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Missouri and Athens have started similar programs.

— Aarohi Sheth