Pools, beaches extend hours amid heat wave

As temperatures soared into the triple digits today, Long Island residents of all ages did what they could to keep cool.

Children from Harbor Child Care in New Hyde Park were supposed to go to the beach today, but with the heat wave sweeping through the region and no air conditioning on the bus, they hit the pool instead.

Lifeguards will stay on duty an extra hour at state beaches, and most town and county pools will also extend their hours.

Lifeguard Coordinator Lisa Dennis says it's important to drink plenty of water and eat salty snacks, like pretzels, which help retain water.

A record-high temperature for this date on Long Island was set earlier today when the mercury hit 100 degrees at MacArthur Airport. The previous high was 99 degrees in 1999.

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