Intense Heat Spreads
ASSOCIATED PRESS | 7/22/2011, 1:28 p.m.
None of the girls required hospitalization, but New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge says they spent Thursday night in the camp's cafeteria after workers brought in industrial fans to help cool them off.
Philadelphia's public schools canceled summer classes Thursday and Friday, while Allentown to the north waived fees at its public pools.
Civil War buffs in Virginia said the weather would not deter them from holding a re-enactment commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run.
But one thing they wouldn't be able to replicate is the temperature. In July 1861, when the North and South clashed in the Civil War's first major battle, temperatures were in the 80s.
All of New Jersey, save for a sliver of its shoreline, was under an excessive heat warning. The heat forced Monmouth Park to cancel its horse racing card and reschedule it for Monday, and some businesses were planning to shut down early on Friday.
"So far, so good," said Mary Goepferd, the external affairs officer for the state's Office of Emergency Management. "We're not hearing of many major problems, and people seem to be finding ways to cope with the heat. We're also thankful that senior centers and libraries have been welcoming people who don't have air conditioning."
The heat didn't deter the hundreds of people who lined up outside the Izod Center on Friday morning to audition for NBC's "The Voice." Temperatures were already in the 80s when doors at the East Rutherford center opened at 7 a.m.
Special dangers can come at night, experts warn, if the temperatures don't cool enough to provide relief.
While the current heat wave has recorded 12 all-time daily highs so far this month, it also has registered 98 all-time overnight highs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported at a briefing on July 21.