PLATTSBURGH — Thermometers pushed past 90 degrees, marking the official start of summer on Wednesday.
People throughout the area were feeling the heat and finding ways to fight the onset the season’s first — and early for the North Country — wave of extreme temperature.
Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department Director Melanie Defayette said she had extra lifeguards on duty at Cadyville Beach on the Saranac River in the event people traveled there for relief from the heat.
“It’s never too hot for the beach. I have not been by there today, but I am sure it is packed,” she said.
She reminds folks who are headed outside to remember to be safe in the sun.
“Generally, even in this kind of heat, I tell people to just stay in the shade,” she said. “You don’t need to be out in the sun. There’s no need to work on your tan today.”
She suggests that everyone remember to stay hydrated with lots of water and to remember to generously apply sunscreen often when outdoors.
“This humidity and heat is a double whammy,” she said.
Other folks opted for ice-cream treats to combat the heat.
Shana Casabaura, who works at the Stewart’s Shop on South Catherine Street in Plattsburgh, said she noticed an increase in customers stopping by.
“It’s absolutely been busy since I got here at this morning,” she said.
Casabaura said milkshakes were proving to be pretty popular, although she said also scoops a lot of ice cream for cones when it’s hot.
“It’s hard to say what the most popular flavor is, but if we had to guess, it would be Philly Vanilla,” she said.
The American Red Cross issued a list of helpful safety tips on preparing for hot weather and safely endure soaring temperatures.