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Photos: Working Through The Rivertowns Heat Wave

A work crew from Verde Electric Co. in Mount Vernon install a light post in downtown Elmsford during the hottest part of the day Wednesday as temperatures reached 93.
A work crew from Verde Electric Co. in Mount Vernon install a light post in downtown Elmsford during the hottest part of the day Wednesday as temperatures reached 93. Video Credit: Danny LoPriore

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Window washers Daniel Martinez and Jose Gracia were happy to find a bit of relief from Wednesday's heat wave, ducking under a tree to reach the second floor windows at the Hastings Public Library.

"Very hot, all day, all week," said Martinez, who works with Garcia for the Ossining Window Cleaning Co. "We are trying to get the work done in eight hours each day. We do high buildings too. Then you get some breeze."

With the National Weather Service predicting at least three more days of plus-90 degree temperatures, the Westchester County Health Department has issued a county-wide heat advisory, which cautions people to drink plenty of water and avoid long periods in the direct heat unless necessary.

A light installation crew from Mount Vernon-based Verde Electric Co. had no protection from the midday heat while installing a light post at the intersection of Tarrytown Road (Route 117) and Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A) in Elmsford.

"Plenty of water and try to be careful on a busy street," said James Gavin and his crew mates Tom and Mike. "The weather is the weather. We prefer the nice spring temperatures. We just try to guard against over heating."

Electrician Justin Keller of Long Island's Striano Electric was glad to be working indoors at the Chase Bank in Hastings.

"Going out to the truck for materials and tools, you can really feel how bad it is," Keller said. "I'm working inside (air conditioning) so it's okay for me. You still have to drink plenty."

Westchester Tool Rental workers dealt with a triple threat - metal materials, the heat and heavy machinery - while working on the company's Elmsford building. "It doesn't get any cooler," the workers said. "Working outdoors is tough right now. We're getting it done though."

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