Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a set of tips and guidelines in advance of this week’s forecast of bitterly cold weather. Forecasters are predicting low temperatures throughout the week with the coldest period Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Fridaymorning. With the wind chill, frostbite can occur within 30 minutes.

“We want to make make sure each and every Boston resident will be safe and warm when bitterly cold weather arrives this week,” said Mayor Walsh. “In times like these, it’s vital for residents to look out for one another, and I encourage all Bostonians to reach out to the City if they or their neighbors need help this winter season. City workers will be constantly vigilant to ensure the safety of all.”

Mayor Walsh asks all residents to take precautions and exercise care during the low temperatures. He encourages residents to check on neighbors who are elderly or disabled; be mindful of homeless individuals who may need assistance; and practice caution with space heaters. Homelessness services are also available on For those needing a warm place to visit during the day, Boston Centers for Youth & Families community centers are open. Locations and hours can be found here .

For emergency alerts, including cold-weather alerts, residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert Boston. For questions or additional information, call the City’s resident services hotline, 311, or visit Follow the City on Twitter for additional information and safety tips: @BOS311 and @CityofBoston.
Key safety tips include:
Preventing Hypothermia and Frostbite
Dress for the weather:
Watch for signs of frostbite:
Watch for signs of hypothermia:
Heating Safety
Vulnerable Populations
Heat Guidelines for Property Owners and Tenants
Tips to keep water flowing and pipes unfrozen during extreme cold
Increasing Home Energy Efficiency
Emergency Home Repair
Emergency Operations