PELHAM, N.Y. The sweltering heat wave has caused problems for dog walker Leslie Howard. She did all she could to stay as cool as possible during her walks Thursday.
"I carry my portable air conditioner with me," Howard said as she unfolded a fan with an American flag design on it.
Howard said she had 12 walks scheduled Thursday. She brought bottles of water for herself to stay hydrated and a portable bowl and dish to give water to the dogs. She also said she would take the dogs on shorter walks because of the heat.
Some businesses actually benefitted from the intense heat. John Ruffolo, manager of Pelham Pizzeria and Ristorante, said the store sells more Italian ices, water and light foods, including salads, on exceptionally hot days.
Jose Perez, temporary manager at Marcello's Pizzeria, said his store also sells more Italian ices on days like Thursday.
Jinoh Hwang, owner of the Double Rainbow ice cream shop, said hot weather increases ice cream sales. He added that many residents go to the beach on extremely hot days, so the flow of business remains relatively the same.
The blistering heat and blazing sun did not affect one man. Richie Bell, who owns the oldest store in Pelham, does not have an air conditioner or fan in his store or home, but that has not bothered him at all.
"There's no heat right yet," said Bell, the owner of Pelham Produce Market. "Everybody in Pelham knows I don't feel the heat. I must have a different kind of blood."
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Pelham until Friday at 10 p.m. Temperatures will reach a high of nearly 99 degrees Friday with a heat index value of up to 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
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