The American East has been baking in a prolonged heat wave.Temperatures have climbed past 90?
The American East has been baking in a prolonged heat wave.Temperatures have climbed past 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the past six days, in the second such heat wave of the summer.
In New York City, which has been experiencing high temperatures of up to 98 degrees, heat-weary residents sought any and all means to find relief.
Many just sat in parks in the city wearing swim suits or shorts and baked under the hot sun.Special efforts were made to relieve the suffering of animals, particularly horses which were given water frequently.
New York children found their traditional relief by opening water hydrants and standing in the cooling spray.For the first time this year, the New York Fire Department installed special caps on the hydrants, which provided a spray of water for a limited time, to prevent an unlimited drain on the water supply, which could affect pressure and hobble efforts to fight fires.
Others took to their cars to drive to outlying beaches.And for many, the inevitable occurred when their cars overheated.They broke down and caused traffic jams.
But millions of others made it to the beaches around New York, particularly Coney Island, where almost 300,000 persons jammed every available space.
And in those crowds, many children became separated from their parents.One mother fainted after becoming overcome by heat and anxiety when she finally found her child.
There has been some reduction in the high temperatures of the past few days, but the thermometer is expected to reach close to 90 for several more days, with no immediate relief in sight.