Long Islanders try to cool off during heat wave

HICKSVILLE - Long Islanders are doing all they can to stay cool on the first day of the summer heat wave, with temperatures climbing into the 90s.

The Island is under an Air Quality Advisory issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which means that the scorching heat and high humidity are making it potentially dangerous to stay outdoors.

People are being urged to drink plenty of water, use sunscreen, limit strenuous activity and seek out shaded areas.

The sweltering conditions, however, did little to keep the members of Long Island's Senior Softball Association indoors, as they played a double header today.

Many Long Islanders opted for more cooling activities, such as taking a dip in the pool or ducking into an air-conditioned library.

Those who were forced to labor outdoors, however, such as construction worker Frank Iorio, say they make sure to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks.

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