Residents staying cool during heat wave

Heat waves generally don't happen in Upstate New York, but the past two years have been an exception to the rule.

Posted: Jun 29, 2021 11:02 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2021 9:09 AM

Utica, N.Y. -- Heat waves generally don't happen too often in Upstate New York, but the past two years have been an exception to the rule. The string of 90 degree days has been a challenge for local residents and they're doing what they can to stay cool.

Normally, heat waves happen every three to four years, but this is actually the second straight year the Mohawk Valley is seeing this hot weather. That may sound significant, but this experience is still new to many because of COVID-19 keeping a lot of people in their houses last year.

Now that residents are back outside and venturing to crowded activities both indoors and out, air conditioners have become highly sought after to keep everyone cool, calm, and collected. Ally Priore, an employee at Fred F. Collis and Sons Heating and Cooling, says this heat wave has caused a spike in phone calls to the office, resulting in increased business.

"People plan more for heating in the winter than they do for air conditioning in the summer. It's basically when you have these hot days and it feels unbearable then our phones are ringing off the hook."

With the summer hitting its peak and getting back to a sense of normalcy, many people, like landscaper, Adam Quigley, are remembering what to do to keep themselves from overheating in this weather.

"I work outside for a living so the heat has been unbearable for most days, so coming home to a pool and some ice cream is great... I always try to stay well hydrated and wear clothes that are condusive to the warmer weather."

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