Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cooling-Off Period

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cooling-Off Period

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Some North Jersey residents sought refuge from the heat on Thursday at swimming pools or the Shore, while others worked outside or attended graduations as temperatures soared into the high 90s for the second consecutive day. Relief is expected by this afternoon.

The temperature never topped 100 as forecasters predicted, but it reached 99 in Newark on Wednesday afternoon, 1 degree shy of a record for the day, according to forecasters. That was the hottest spot in New Jersey, said David Samuels, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.

Teterboro Airport reached a high of 96 on Thursday afternoon, 1 degree cooler than Wednesday's high, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said scattered rain and thunderstorms would develop after 2 p.m. today and last until Saturday morning, leading to high temperatures in the mid-80s for the weekend. The weather service issued a heat advisory through Thursday afternoon, and an air- quality alert through Thursday night as a combination of heat and pollution produced high ozone levels and hazy skies.

The heat forced authorities in Passaic to close the city's two libraries, which don't have working air-conditioning. Officials said they were closed Wednesday afternoon and could reopen today. A portion of the Julius Forstmann Library roof had collapsed over the winter during the installation of a new air-conditioning system. Just last week, city officials appropriated $86,000 to fix the roof and bring the air-conditioning system online.

For a second day, several hospitals reported treating people for heat-related problems.

A 58-year-old postal carrier was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center after being overcome by heat while working, said Capt. Vincent Laurentino of the Saddle Brook police. Officials at the hospital said four people were treated for heat exhaustion in its emergency room and subsequently released.

St. Joseph's Healthcare System officials said 12 people were treated at its emergency rooms in Paterson and Wayne, two of whom were admitted to the hospital.

The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood treated one person for a heat- related ailment, and a spokesman, Ken Parker, said Mobile Intensive Care Units were on standby because of six high school graduations in the area. …

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