Workers Cope With Hazy, Hot & Humid Weather

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We begged for winter to end and this is what we got - temperatures in the upper 80s.

"It's really hot," said youngster Jenna Hickman.

She right.

And if you want it to get hotter, head on over to Pine Cleaners on Franklin Street in Watertown.

It was 110 degrees inside on Tuesday, but it was certainly nothing any of the veteran employees aren't used to.

"A lot of times what will happen, we really don't have much turnover. So when you have somebody new come into this business and it's summertime, a lot of times, a couple days, and they're gone," said owner Steve Petrillose.

A group of kids from the YMCA's EPIC program spent the morning putting up yellow ribbons at the entrances of Thompson Park.

It's in anticipation of Wednesday's 4th of July concert in the park.

Ten kids, four staff and 200 ribbons. In two hours. In a nearly 90 degree haze.

"Of course they always bring water bottles with them but what gets them motivated is going swimming right after," said Larry Gibson, EPIC program director.

Maybe those kids are on to something.

On the hill at Thompson Park there was a constant breeze keeping things cool.

That's good news for the Department of Public Works crews on park duty.

"The breeze definitely helps a ton. Yesterday, there was no breeze at all and we about died in the heat," said Logan Jones, DPW worker.

Temperatures are expected to start cooling off Thursday with highs in the low to mid 70s.

Friday, December 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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