LIers flock to beaches, pools to escape extreme heat

As temperatures in the mid-90s scorched their way through Long Island, many people found refuge at beaches and at local pools. Jones Beach was packed

JONES BEACH - As temperatures in the mid-90s scorched their way through Long Island, many people found refuge at beaches and at local pools.

Jones Beach was packed today, with bathers taking advantage of water temperatures in the 60s and near-70s.

"I've been drinking lots of water and keeping cool, drinking juice and having the little ice packs because it's really hot and some people could get dehydrated," said 9-year-old beachgoer Katarina Ruiz.

Not everyone was so lucky. Workers who spent the day laying asphalt on the Northern State Parkway said it was almost impossible to find relief from the heat. The hot conditions forced them to take breaks every 15 minutes and drink plenty of water.

People who couldn't get to the beach opted for staying indoors and cranking up their air conditioners. Weather CenterWatch Traffic & Weather Live

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