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Hastings Residents Prepare To Beat The Heat

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – With temperatures set to reach 98 degrees on Saturday and a heat index as high as 103 degrees, Hastings residents are looking for ways to stay cool and avoid the heat.

“I’m going to the pool or staying in the AC,” said Ariel Farber, a Hastings resident who spent Friday at Chemka Pool. “I’m going to take it easy and avoid doing things that are going to make me hot.”

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for several counties across New York, including Westchester, and warned that heat and humidity could pose a health hazard to people prone to heat stress. The advisory cautions those who have to spend time outside to schedule strenuous activities for the early morning or evening and to drink plenty of water.

Kendra Garrison, director of the Chemka Pool, said she expects the pool to be crowded Saturday. Although it will be busy, the pool has never reached its capacity of 293 people, she said.

“Whenever it’s hot out we see big crowds,” Garrison said. “It’s a place for everybody to cool off.”

Vicki Travis, a Hastings resident, said she and Farber have been going to the pool to cool off since they were kids and plan to cool off Saturday by swimming.

Farber said she will skip her household chores because it is difficult to work when the weather is so warm. Travis said if she is not at the pool, she might shop or catch a movie to take advantage of the air conditioning.

“We come here everyday we can,” Travis said. “When it’s that hot out, you have to go to the pool or spend time in the air conditioning.”

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