The heat and humidity that hit Central Massachusetts over the weekend will be with us throughout the week, with temperatures rising into the high 90s, according to the forecast.
Shrewsbury weather specialist Jim Arnold said he expects current conditions to continue through Wednesday or Thursday.
Arnold also noted that since rain has been scarce, dry brush is a concern.
"There is no appreciable rain in sight either, which will exacerbate our precipitation shortfall so far this year," Arnold said.
Around Central Mass., the towns of Auburn and Leicester opened the doors of their senior centers as "cooling centers" for any residents without air conditioning.
Grafton Senior Center Director Michelle Drumm said she has also been advising seniors to stay hydrated.
"That doesn't mean iced coffee or iced tea," she said. "Anything with caffeine is just going to make you more dehydrated."
Drumm added that residents need to remember that car interiors heat up fast.
"Don't leave kids or dogs in the car, even if you think you're only going to be running in for just a minute," she said.
While no significant rain looks to be heading our way, the National Weather Service notes a chance of showers or thunderstorms Wednesday, but that would only bring a quarter- or half-inch of rain.
"As dry as things are, be vigilant when utilizing outdoor fires such as cooking out, tiki torches, bug repellant, candles and the like," Arnold warned.