SYOSSET - Long Islanders spent the day trying to find refuge from the blazing heat as temperatures reached triple digits in some areas.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning and air quality alert for Nassau and Suffolk, which meant bad news for people who were forced to work outdoors, such as firefighters.

Today in Hempstead, 10 departments were called to battle an electrical fire that forced everyone out of the building and left residents without power. Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses were brought in so residents had a place to stay cool.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion.

Those Long Islanders who didn't have to be at work spent the day cooling down in a pool, while others stayed in their air conditioned homes.

Cooling centers are open in both Nassau and Suffolk counties for people who don't have air conditioners. In addition, Town of Hempstead pools will stay open an hour later until 8 p.m.

Some tips to avoid heat exhaustion include wearing light, loose clothing, limiting physical outdoor activity and drinking plenty of water. Long Islanders try to cool off during heat wave

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