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Air conditioners fly off shelves as heat wave continues

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s for the third day in a row on Friday, making central New York's heat wave official.

Nightfall hasn't offered much in terms of relief from the heat, which means air conditioner sales are off the charts.

Management at Lowe's in North Utica say they usually stock a few dozen of every model, but that after day two of temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, only a couple units remained on the shelves as of Friday morning.

By mid-morning Friday, one lonely air conditioner remained on the shelf at Morehouse Appliances in New Hartford, and owners say it's probably because the model is made for a side-opening, and not for a standard window.

Once that unit is gone, there will be no more air conditioning units at Morehouse Appliances this season. Staff there say they based this season's inventory on the fact that last summer was very hot, and usually that doesn't happen two years in a row.

Pools are still an option for cooling down, however, and by 10:30 a.m., several children were already swimming in Addison Miller Pool in West Utica.

City park officials say they've also opened all of the city's wading pools, including Wankel, Pixley, O'Connor and Quinn, during the heat wave.

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