It urges those without air conditioning to choose places to go for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day, such as schools, libraries, theaters or malls.
Christian Diaz, an employee at Aubuchon Hardware in Peru, said people came to the store looking for air conditioners while enjoying the cool air circulating in the store.
“We actually had our last air-conditioning unit sold today. We’ve been pretty steady all day with people out doing their errands,” he said. “But it seems like some people don’t want to leave because it’s so cool here.”
He said the other units sold quickly and wondered what the future weather forecast will bring.
“Tomorrow,” he said on Wednesday, “it’s supposed to be even hotter, so who knows,” he said.
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The Red Cross also reminds everyone to consider the needs of children and the elderly during the summer.
“Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help,” the release said.
Some may have difficulty adjusting to sudden changes in temperature and may be more susceptible to heat due to medical conditions or certain prescription medications.
At the YMCA of Plattsburgh, the pool was open, and Membership Director Melissa Brault expected business to increase with the rising temperatures.
“All I can say is get in the pool and stay cool,” she advised.
Alex Fregeau, who works at the City Recreation Center gym, said the facility was not very busy on Wednesday afternoon.
“There’s a couple of people playing basketball, but it’s been kind of dead here,” he said.
He wondered if maybe everyone was beating the heat at the Plattsburgh City Beach instead.
“I know it’s definitely been pretty popular since it’s opened,” he said. “I went there this past week, and the water was around 65 degrees, so it probably feels pretty good (Wednesday).”