BERWICK, Maine (AP) — In Maine, it’s not so unusual for a school to close because of snow. But closing because it’s too hot?
Superintendent Steven Connolly says schools in North Berwick, Berwick and Lebanon were closing early on Wednesday because the temperature in classrooms had reached uncomfortable levels.
Connolly said he recorded temperatures in the 90s on each school’s second floor the day before. He said it was expected to feel even hotter Wednesday, so schools were closing at 11 a.m. and noon.
Tom Hawley from the National Weather Service says the region is seeing the hottest weather of the year. He says some communities had official heat waves — three consecutive days of 90-plus-degree weather.
In Massachusetts, Framingham and Lawrence are two districts that decided to make the call Tuesday evening to close early, after the hottest day of the year came to a close.
A statement was posted on the Framingham Public School’s website that read, in part:
“Because the current heat wave is not expected to break before the end of this week and some of our schools cannot lower their temperature to a safe level, we are going to have an early release day tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9. Framingham High School will release students at 10:50 a.m. Middle Schools and McCarthy School will release students at 11:25 a.m. Elementary Schools will release at either 12:05 or 12:15 p.m., except for King School that will release its students at 12:30 p.m. Blocks pre-school will have an a.m. session only and release at its normal dismissal time of 10:55 a.m.”