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5 Things You Need to Know Today, July 12

Popular science fiction/fantasy writer George R. R. Martin will be at the Burlington Barnes & Noble this evening

"Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the  feature in the comments section.

Today is Tuesday, July 12. Here are 5 things you need to know:

  • Hot day: Looks like a good day to try and stay in the air conditioning. According to the National Weather Service we can expect temperatures near 92 degrees today. There is a chance some afternoon thunderstorms may come in and break the heat a bit. 
  • School Committee: The  is meeting at 7:30 p.m. this evening in the Committee Room at . 
  • Live Concert: The Burlington Recreation Department is hosting a concert on the commons at 6:30 p.m. this evening. Gather on the Commons and enjoy the stylings of , a pop variety band.
  • Master of fantasy/science fiction: Author George R. R. Martin, most famous for his fantasy series "Song of Fire and Ice," (recently adapted for an HBO show) will be at the Burlington for a at 7 p.m. this evening. Martins will be signing his newest book, being released today, "A Dance with Dragons," the fifth book in the series. 
  • Heatwave: On this day in 1995, the first heat advisory was issued in Chicago, Illinois for a severe heat wave. The record-breaking heat wave caused temperatures of over 100 degrees, which combined with humidity, made it feel like 120 degrees. Adding onto that, nighttime temperatures never went below 80 degrees. The heat even caused train tracks to warp. When the heat broke a week later, nearly 1,000 people were dead due to the heat in Illinois and Wisconsin. 

For more things to do today, check out our Events page.

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