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Locals Escape the Heat Wave in Patchogue

Residents describe how they stayed out of today's sweltering heat.

With a heat advisory in effect, Patchogue residents had to do whatever they could to beat Tuesday's heat wave.

Patchogue Patch visited the Patchogue-Medford Library and the nearby Ralph's Italian Ices, two popular evening summer locations, to ask residents what they did to beat the nearly 100 degree temperatures.

The Patchogue-Medford Library, which was holding a heat wave book sale organized by the Friends of the Library, is air-conditioned and had several residents looking for magazines and movies to end their day.

A reference worker at the library said that there were more people in the library that day, but said this may have been more because the library was closed on Monday.

Scott, a teacher, made sure to stay inside of air conditioning as much as possible.

"I went to Finest Fitness to exercise because it's air-conditioned and I wanted to stay out of the sun," said Scott, who was still in his gym clothes while searching for a movie.

"I stayed in the library all day, but made the mistake of going out to dinner," said another reference worker at the library.

Over at Ralph's Italian Ices, more residents were using the dessert as their own way to beat the heat.

"My husband and I got our window air conditioners installed, and then stayed in the air condition to watch the World Cup where Amsterdam beat Uruguay," said longtime resident Toni, who was with her husband and another friend outside of the Italian Ice stand.

"I went to the movies to see Grown Ups," said an employee of Ralph's.

For information about how to stay safe during a heat wave from the American Red Cross, check the heat advisory notice posted Tuesday morning.

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