(NECN: Tom Langford, Boston, Mass.) - Many communities in New England are seeing near-record heat, and many people are looking for a way to cool off.
In response, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is stepping in.
There will be extended hours and lifeguard services at various DCR beaches, spray decks and wading pools.
Both the Artesani and the Lee Wading in Boston have been open only on weekends, but will have extended hours, opening Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10 from 9:30 a.m. (a half hour earlier than they have been so far this year) until 7 p.m.
The Ryan Wading Pool in Mattapan has already been operating on a seven day schedule since Memorial Day. All three wading pools will be staffed with lifeguards.
All DCR spray decks statewide will be also be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
There will also be extended lifeguard services at some Massachusetts beaches.
To learn more about DCR, the facilities, and programs, please visit: www.mass.gov/dcr.