Philly-area residents cope with relentless heat

Dangerous heat levels continue in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. People are dealing with it in many ways this week as they work or play.

At every major intersection in the city, it seemed Gatorade and water were sold from coolers. The line to the John B. Kelly public pool in Fairmount Park indicated an hourlong wait, and throughout the city’s neighborhoods, open hydrants blasted. Cyclists stopped for Mister Softee at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and servers at Siddiq’s water ice at 60th and Spruce opened shop expecting a rush at any moment.

The heat wave is expected to continue through the week, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s. Anyone  experiencing heat stress who’s in need of assistance can call the Heatline at 215-765-9040. The Heatline, run by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, will be active through Wednesday evening.

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