- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Ilsand health officials have recommended closing four beaches to swimming due to high bacteria counts.

The announcement Friday comes as New England is bracing for a heat wave that could last past the July 4 holiday.

The state health department said Oakland Beach in Warwick, Ninigret Pond in Charlestown, Camp Watmough’s Beach in Glocester and Briar Point Beach in Coventry should close.

It says officials will continue to monitor the water quality and recommend reopening when the areas are safe.

The National Weather Service says heat and humidity will be building across the region starting Friday and temperatures could top 90 degrees for several days in much of the region.

Providence is opening neighborhood waterparks on Friday and Saturday, ahead of the summer schedule because of the heat.

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