New York City broiled in record-breaking heat wave

09:21, June 10, 2011      

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Daniel Rodriguez, 3, plays in the water during a hot day in Long Beach, New York June 9, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

New Yorkers beat the heat for the second day on Thursday as the temperature was soaring toward 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) .

The National Weather Service predicted that the temperature could reach 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37.2 Celsius) in Manhattan on Thursday, topping a record of 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36.1 Celsius) set in 1933. A heat advisory and an air quality alert were also issued with a hazy day expected.

The fountain at Bryant Park in Manhattan was full of people splashing around as they sought shelters from the heat wave.

"The fountain is usually closed. It is open today and I guess it's because of the hot weather. My son is very happy now. " Jessica Maxwell, whose 8-year-old son was playing at the fountain, told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, New York City has opened more than 400 public cooling centers, including libraries and senior centers, where residents can step into air conditioning, get water, and call for medical help if they need it.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference that he encouraged everyone to use an air conditioning, and advised those without it to head to places that do, like malls and movie theaters, or go to cooling centers.

Source: Xinhua
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