On a soupy day, Midstaters heed heat warnings

LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s no mystery — baby, it’s hot outside.

But this time around, it appears people are listening to the warnings and staying clear of too much time in the heat.

On a day like Monday, any relief helped.

“Real hot,” Paul Reisinger said, sitting in his air-conditioned car to enjoy his Italian ice from the Lemoyne Rita’s.

“It’s like 100 degrees out here,” Sarah Masale said.

Tyrone Carter ordered up a little relief from the frozen custard shop to bring to his auto shop employees. “We’re just staying hydrated, got the fans blowing, doors up,” he said, “that’s it.”

Rita’s employees earned their paychecks Monday.

“As the day goes on,” shift supervisor Patrick Brennan said, “it’ll get a lot busier.”

An ice cream delivery truck taunted downtown Harrisburg, meandering down 2nd Street, while Riverfront Park stayed pretty empty. For the most part, it appeared Midstaters stayed cool.

Most local hospitals reported just a few — if any — heat-related admissions after the weekend.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Masale said. “I’m going to stay home with air conditioning.”

Power companies said they’re managing the load; though as the hot afternoon wore on, PPL dealt with more and more outages.

With fans churning inside and clouds churning outside (though they would deny Lemoyne any mid-afternoon relief in the form of a cooling rain), Rita’s customers kept coming.

“I’m going to go home to eat this. I don’t want to be outside any longer,” Aaron Scheetz said. “It’s cooler that way,” Reisinger added.

Those stuck at work tried to stay hydrated and think cool thoughts.

“Trying to keep them cool,” Carter said, taking his Italian ice order back to his car. “This is another way we’re going to stay cool. This’ll get you cool real fast.”

Daytime temperatures are expected to stay in the 90s for the majority of the work week.

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