Taking a break on the Bowery on Saturday. Credit Credit Sarah Blesener for The New York Times
ByThe New York Times
- July 20, 2019
America is sweating this weekend, blanketed by a “heat dome” that spread from the middle part of the country to the Great Lakes and the East Coast.
New York is hotter than New Delhi, Washington feels like Death Valley and Cincinnati is warmer than Nairobi. Millions of people are finding different ways to cope with the dangerously high temperatures — above 100 degrees in some places.
The New York Times took more sweaty snapshots of Americans as they braved the heat.
To combat the heat, some people wore sunglasses and wielded umbrellas, taking a defensive approach to blocking the sun’s rays. Others found it better to fill bottles with ice, and periodically hold them against their skin for relief.
The National Weather Service encouraged everyone to drink plenty of fluids, check on relatives and neighbors, stay in air-conditioned rooms and avoid the sun. But not everyone heeded the advice.
With temperatures soaring into the high 90s and above, resourceful children in Chicago found a way to play outside and stay cool at the same time.
And don’t forget about the animals. A zoo in Ohio made blood-infused pops for the lions, jaguars and snow leopards. Dogs ate ice cream and a panda ate frozen fruit. Farmers poured water on poultry to keep them cool.
Some used the heat as an enterprising opportunity, selling cold beverages to anyone who would take them. Of course, those entrepreneurs had to contend with the heat to make any sales.
An outdoor market in Detroit remained open on Saturday despite a heat warning. Vendors continued to sell flowers, blueberries, hot sauce and salsa. The more notably resilient even endured smoking grills.
Philadelphia was also under an excessive heat warning with temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees, but that did not stop people from enjoying the parks and lakes.
And as many young people on summer break would tell you, a classic antidote to the oppressive heat is the public pool.
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