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White Plains Workers Chill at Cold Stone Creamery

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The heat advisory Wednesday led some residents to take refuge at Cold Stone Creamery in White Plains.

With temperatures reaching as high as 98 degrees, eating ice cream and staying out of the heat were just some of the ways people cooled off.

Laurie Difabio, who works for the Department of Social Services in White Plains, said she welcomed the heat with open arms.

"As long as it doesn’t rain, it’s nice to finally get some steady warm weather," said Difabio, who planned to play a round of golf at the Saxson Woods Golf Club after work Wednesday.

While the warm weather made some happy, Public Safety Commissioner David Chong of the White Plains Police Department urged residents to take precautions.

"The next few days we are expecting oppressive and dangerous heat conditions," Chong said. "Residents should keep themselves well hydrated with water and if they have no air conditioning, they should try to stay in cool, shaded areas during daylight hours. If they have heat-related health issues, don't be afraid to call Public Safety at 422-6111."

In response to the heat, the city is opening its Gardella Pool from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, a day earlier than its scheduled opening for the summer. The Kittrel Pool will be open as scheduled Friday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

However, the city decided Wednesday not to open its cooling center at the Armory at 65 Mitchell Place.

"Last summer, there were three separate occasions where the heat was excessive and nobody came," said Karen Pasquale of the mayor's office. "That's why we decided that, with this mini-heat wave we're getting, we're not going to open the cooling center."

The heat wave is expected to continue Thursday with a high near 99 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. However, temperatures will start to level off Friday. The a high will be near 90 and there will be a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

The skies are expected to clear up Saturday and Sunday, with highs near 88 and 81 respectively, before clouds return Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon with a 30 percent chance of rain.

Con Edison also has some tips for staying cool:

  • Make sure air-conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency.
  • Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent.
  • Close off the rooms not being used if you have a room air-conditioner. If you have central air, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms.
  • Turn off lights and other appliances, using a timer to turn them on as necessary.
  • Run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it's generally cooler. Another alternative: use a microwave to cook, or a barbecue outside, if possible.

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