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Residents Find Ways to Handle the Harrison Heat

HARRISON, N.Y. - Temperatures across Westchester County hit the high 90s on Friday and turned downtown Harrison's parks and sidewalks into slow-cook ovens. Webster Avenue's Bentwood Pool seemed to be one of the only spots to beat the heat while outside.

"It's been brutal," pool staff member Joe Basso said.

The Bentwood pool averaged between 50 and 60 people at a given time, Basso said. With a fully-staffed lifeguard crew on duty, Basso said things were running smoothly.

"We're ready for anything," Basso said.

Temperatures flirted with the lower 100s with a high of 98 degrees in Harrison, according to the National Weather Service . Some activities in town had to reschedule in anticipation of cooler weather.

Harrison Cheerleaders Coach Rosa Acocella postponed her team's movie night fundraiser for a time to be announced so the girls wouldn't have to roast in the heat.

"It's just too hot to do anything without air conditioning," Acocella.

The intense heat also caused power concerns throughout the area. Con Edison reported 136 outages in Harrison Friday evening at two locations along West Street.

The downtown Harrison Library and fire department also opened their doors to residents as makeshift cooling stations .

Saturday should see isolated showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. with a high near 95 degrees. Sunday should bring a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon with a high near 88 degrees.

What do you do to stay cool? Are you a fan of this warm weather? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter .

E-mail town reporter Phil Corso at PCorso@TheDailyHarrison.com .

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